CLOVIS (KSMX)- As the 2020 election season kicks into high gear, officials are warning Americans to be vigilant of robocalls that could trick voters into “donating” to their preferred candidate.
The Better Business Bureau says the call comes in as a recorded voice. The voice can even sound like that of one of the presidential candidates, according to the bureau.
According to the recording, “rivals” have been raising a lot of money and in order to see your preferred candidate elected, you need to donate immediately.
If you offer to donate, you’ll be transferred to a live person and asked for your credit card information.
The bureau has provided tips on how to avoid robocall scams:
- Screen your calls. If a call comes in from a number you don’t recognize, don’t answer. Even if the number looks familiar, be wary.
- Don’t respond to unsolicited robocalls. If you receive an unsolicited robocall that seems to come from a legitimate business, be cautious. Scammers can fake caller ID, and businesses are only allowed to call you via robocall with your written permission. If someone is calling you out of the blue, it’s most likely a scam. The best practice is to hang up the phone without interacting with the call. Don’t “press 1 to be removed from our list;” that just confirms to the scammer that your phone number is good to call.
- Register with the Do Not Call Registry. This step won’t prevent scammers from calling you, but it will reduce the number of legitimate marketing calls you receive, which will make it easier to identify the fraudulent ones. If you live in the United States, call 888-382-1222 or register online at Donotcall.gov.
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