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BBB warns of election and voter scams

The North Central Texas Better Business Bureau says scammers are targeting voters with election scams.

As the Democratic National Convention gets underway in Charlotte and we inch closer to election day on Nov. 6, the threat of becoming of the target of a scam also goes up.

The North Central Texas Better Business Bureau says scammers want to take advantage of voters' support for a certain candidate or group.

Monica Horton, president of the North Central Texas BBB, says whereever the headlines are, con artists will follow.

Horton says there has already been one case where a consumer in Wichita Falls was promised a vacation for answering out a voter survey.

In addition, voters are being targeted with fake fundraising calls about raising support for a specific candidate.

"These scams are going to be around," Horton says. "They will be prevalent in the area. Consumers just need to be on guard and be aware of it. That's the first step, getting the word out of these scams."

The BBB suggests that voters contact a campaign or political party before donating any money or releasing any personal information.

Horton says, "Don't respond and reply when they are calling you on the phone. "You need to solicit that phone call and make that donation using the number that you find."

Both the Wichita County Republican and Democratic parties want to let the community know they are not calling asking for money or donations.

Jo Ann Chitwood, a volunteer at the Republican Party of Wichita County, says, "Just like in any other situation, it's a shame that people will stoop that low."

The other side agrees.

John Richie, chair of the Wichita County Democratic Party, says It is absurd to think that somebody could try and get away with something like that.

"It's hard enough running a party and running campaigns and then you have somebody out there defrauding folk of their hard earned money that they would want to give to a candidate or party of their choosing.

If you have any questions regarding a possible election scam, you are urged to call the BBB at 940.691.1172.

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