WAUSAU, Wi. (WAOW) — With the midterm elections less than two weeks away, scammers are taking advantage of this political season.
Political campaigns don’t fall on the do-not-call list, creating a hotbed for scammers to break into voters’ personal information and bank accounts.
“No matter what party or candidate you support, they[scammers]want donations, they[scammers]want information,” said executive Jim Temmer. The director of the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau (BBB) said: “If someone calls you and asks you to contribute to a candidate’s campaign, be very vigilant.”
Instead of handing over money to callers, Temmer said he encourages them to hang up and donate to politicians’ campaign sites.
The BBB is careful that voters never give out personal information if they receive a call from a pollster.
“Then they might say, ‘Can I have your address? I need to verify that you are a citizen, so can I have your Social Security number?'” said Temer. “They are just gathering information about you. No legitimate pollster is going to ask you such personal questions.”
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