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Watch Out For Election Day Scams

Posted On: November 7, 2016

The Whittier Police Department is encouraging voters to watch out for a series of common "election scams" before they cast their votes in the upcoming elections.

Be cautious when answering a call that claims to be from a political party representative. Scammers can easily change the caller ID to appear like they are calling from a legitimate organization. The calls often ask for a donation in support of a candidate or detailed personal information in an attempt to steal people's identity.

Also, scammers could ask voters to "re-register" in order to vote. Callers are seeking personal information such as address, email, and even bank account information. We do not recommend you provide sensitive information over the phone.

Another popular scam mechanism is the so-called "survey calls." The caller will argue he/she is calling on behalf of a political party, and if you respond to the questions, you will be eligible to win a prize. The scam comes when you provide your personal information in order to claim the prize.

Last but not least, watch out for the "vote by phone" scam. Remember you can only cast your vote at an official polling station or by absentee ballot. If in doubt, check it out! Click here for more information about how and where you can vote http://bit.ly/2fylIrf.