Everyone is trying to guess who will become the next President of the United States and scammers are taking advantage of this hot topic.
Who Is It Targeting: Nationwide
What Is It: With just one week away from the Presidential election, phony pollsters are claiming to be conducting a survey on behalf of one of the parties and offering free cruise tickets as a reward. Victims answer the survey questions and are then asked to provide their credit card number in order to cover port charges and taxes. By giving up their credit card information, scammers have the opportunity to commit fraud. Scammers will often continue to contact individuals even after the election in order to “collect opinions about the outcome.”
What Are They After: Credit card information
How Can You Avoid It:
- Legitimate pollsters do not offer prizes and never ask for personal information.
- Report the scam like to your local police.
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