Scammers using election to target victims’ personal information, FBI warns

Scammers are trying to exploit the high level of interest in the U.S. presidential election as a way to steal personal information.

Swindlers are posing as fundraisers, pollsters and candidates and even launching fake voter registration drives to trick citizens into providing personal information and bank account details, the Associated Press reported.

The FBI warned Americans to watch out for election-related “spoofing,” when a scammer creates a campaign website or email address almost identical to a real one. A small misspelling or a slight change — using .com instead of .gov, for instance — are tell-tale signs of fraud. Also be wary of pushy pollsters or fundraisers, and emails or websites that use emotionally loaded language to make you angry or fearful.

Before donating to any group that reaches out by email or text, voters should check its website or look to see if they’re registered as a charity or campaign. One key: if the organization doesn’t have an address or phone number, it may be a scam.

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