While the 2020 presidential election is more than a year away, the intensity of the debate over political issues in this country is extremely high and scammers are taking advantage of that fact by using robocalls to call people posing as prominent politicians, such as President Trump or Speaker Pelosi asking for donations related to hot button political topics such as immigration.    This particular scam can easily seem legitimate. Caller ID can be tricked through a technique called “spoofing” to make it appear to your Caller ID as if the call is coming from a candidate or some political organization and recordings of the candidate can also be incorporated into the call to make the call appear more legitimate.  Furthermore, calls from political candidates and other political calls are exempt from the federal Do-Not-Call List, so it would be legal for someone to get a call from a politician or political group 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 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.  If you are being asked to contribute to a political organization rather than a candidate, you should definitely do your research to determine the legitimacy of the organization before making a donation.

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