AG warns voters of election scams

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The state attorney general’s office is warning Pennsylvanians to be alert for potential scams associated with Tuesday’s election.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro said scam artists sometimes impersonate pollsters, campaign volunteers, political organizations, and candidates.

Shapiro said people should be on the lookout for callers who claim they’re conducting an election survey and offer a gift card or some other incentive, then ask for personal information such as a credit card or Social Security number to send the gift.

Scam artists have also tried to convince victims that they are not registered to vote, then offer to register them over the phone.

The attorney general’s office offered the following tips to avoid election scams:

  • Don’t donate on the phone – Donations can be made over the phone, but be wary of callers asking for donations. Ask the caller for other donation options and don’t let them pressure you.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Don’t rely on Caller ID – Scammers can “spoof” the phone number of legitimate business to make it appear as though the call is genuine.
  • Never give out personal information – Don’t provide personal or credit card information to anyone calling you, especially someone claiming you can win a prize. Candidates rarely use prizes as an incentive.
  • Voter registration can’t be done by phone – Voter registration and voting in any Election cannot occur over the phone. To inquire about registration, the status of your registration or questions about voting, you can contact the Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Commissions and Elections office at 717-787-5280.

To report an election scam, call the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection at 800-441-2555 or file a complaint online at www.attorneygeneral.gov/submit-a-complaint/.

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