Political pollster scam targets people’s preferences and engagement in Campaign 2016

COLUMBUS, Ga. – ‘Tis the season for political polls. But with so many people trying to gauge the political climate, scammers are trying to take advantage of people’s political interests.

Angela Gogins warns not to give any personal or financial information over the phone.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says people might start seeing a political pollster scam in the coming weeks until the election. The end game for scammers is the same: to steal personal and financial information. But now, the fraudsters are preying on people who are invested in the presidential election. The frauds are posing as pollsters, asking questions about political preferences.

Once the survey is over, the scammers will say “You’ve won a prize or gift card.” Angela Gogins works in credit card fraud prevention. She says companies offering prizes over the phone is one of several red flags.

“That’s kind of what you need to look for when you get these types of calls,” Gogins tells News 3. “I don’t know if anyone believes this. But for me, I was always taught you don’t get something for nothing.”

The Columbus BBB says they’ve seen mostly IRS scams, jury duty scams, and sweepstakes scams in the 42-county area they cover. They advise anyone who has fallen prey to a scam to report it on their Scam Tracker.

Gogins says people can usually get their money back after being scammed. They must call the credit bureau, their bank, and the police department as soon as possible though.

“Most of your banks have fraud prevention service. So any of those charges you gave to scammers, you’re going to get the money back.”



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