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Beware of Political Donation Scams 
During Election Season
By Sentinel News Service
Published September 14, 2018

People who plan to donate money to their favorite politician this election season should be careful they’re giving cash to the candidate and not a crook.

In the Political Donation Scam, thieves pose as campaign workers and call people seeking contributions. The fraudsters may spoof a candidate’s phone number and even use recordings of the politician or a purported virtual town hall to make the ruse appear legitimate.

At the end of the call, the thieves ask victims to pledge money by providing a credit card number.

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TIPS:

  • If you want to contribute to a political campaign, visit the candidate’s official website or call his or her campaign headquarters.
  • Do not provide credit card or financial information over the phone to an unknown person.

For a printable version of this fraud alert, click here.

Deputy District Attorney Ben Forer explains how the scam works in this video: http://da.lacounty.gov/community/fraud-alerts/beware-donation-scams-during-election-season.

Follow @LADAOffice on Twitter and Instagram for up-to-date news and use #FraudFriday.

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