BBB advises voters to be on lookout for growing number of political scams.
Scammers are already gearing up for this year's Presidential election, from robocalls offering a "free cruise" for taking a political survey, to promises that President Obama will pay your utility bill. Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland, vice president, Jody Thomas, is advising voters to be on the lookout for the growing number of scams that are likely to continue leading up to the Presidential election. "We have seen accounts of President Obama offering to pay a portion of your utility bill. Of course, that's not really what's happening. There have been folks reporting receiving text messages and emails about this offer," said Thomas. "Scammers use incentives based on what they think citizens want to hear. Unfortunately, these folks are looking for your social security number and your bank routing number said Thomas. "You end up getting your identity stolen."
During election cycles, voters have reported calls from questionable groups. "Be cautious. While the organization's name may sound familiar, it may not really be related to either the Obama or Romney campaigns. It may not be legitimate at all. If you aren't sure, don't donate over the phone. If you'd like to contribute to a political campaign or party, locate contact information yourself rather than giving out financial information to a caller," said Thomas.
For more information contact your BBB at 410-347-3990 or visit bbb.org.