Scammers are already gearing up for this year's Presidential election, Better Business Bureau is advising voters to be on the lookout for a few of the election-related scams:
- There will not be a "free cruise" at the end of the voting survey. The public opinion poll scam typically involves a recorded announcement offering a "free cruise" in exchange for participating in a telephone survey. At the end of the call consumers are asked for a debit or credit card number to cover "port fees" and taxes.
- President Barack Obama is not going to pay your utility bill. Consumers have been contacted through fliers, social media, text messages, and even door-to-door with claims that President Obama is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills. Scammers claim they need the consumers' Social Security and bank routing numbers to arrange the payments. In return, customers are given a phony bank routing number that will supposedly pay their utility bills. In reality, there is no money, and customers believe they have paid their bills when in fact they have not. Worse, they've just given away everything needed for identity fraud.