The 2016 presidential campaigns are in full swing and scammers are taking advantage of interest in the various candidates by making telephone calls posing as campaign workers seeking political donations from their unsuspecting victims who are lured into providing their credit card information over the phone.  This particular scam can easily seem legitimate.  Caller ID can be tricked through a technique called “spoofing” to make it appear that the call is coming from a candidate and recordings of the candidate can also be used as a part of the scam.  Furthermore, calls from political candidates are exempt even from the federal Do-Not-Call List, so it would be legal for someone to get a call from a political campaign seeking donations.

TIPS

Whenever you receive a telephone call, you can never be sure as to who is really contacting you, so you should never give personal or financial information to anyone over the phone who you have not called.  If you do wish to contribute to a political candidate’s campaign, the best way to do this is by going to the candidate’s official website and make your contribution.  Even then, make sure that when you are giving your donation online that the website address begins with https instead of just http.  Https indicates that your communication is being encrypted for better security.