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Tips from the BBB on how to avoid election season scams

Posted at 9:20 AM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 13:24:35-04

BOISE, Idaho — The 2020 presidential election is less than a month away, and that means many people are eager to donate to the candidate they hope wins the presidency.

According to the Better Business Bureau, that excitement just might lead to getting scammed.

Here are some tips for avoiding election scams this month:

  • Donate directly to the campaign office. Making a political donation over the phone is certainly an option, but it may not be the safest bet. Use the candidate’s official website or local campaign office to help ensure your money is being used the right way.
  • Rewards mean risk. If a political pollster claims you will receive a reward or prize for participating in a survey, it’s a good idea to hang up the phone. Legitimate polling companies rarely give prizes for participating in their surveys, and they will never ask respondents to pay for any shipping to claim it.
  • Protect your personal information. Pollsters may ask for information regarding your political affiliation, along with demographic information like your age or race. What they should not ask for is your Social Security number or credit card information.

Along with political pollsters, Rebecca Barr with the BBB says that scammers will reach out to voters claiming to raise funds for causes like veteran support, healthcare reform or other topical issues. Scammers will likely pressure you to make an immediate donation.

The Better Business Bureau has plenty of resources to protect you and your money at BBB.org