Internet thieves are finding more imaginative and sophisticated ways to trick consumers into giving up banking and other personal information, using everything from fake airline reservation notices to phony FBI emails. Some that are currently making the rounds targets those paying attention to the upcoming Presidential Election. Consumers have reported calls from organizations that sound legitimate, but may not really be related to either the Obama or Romney campaigns.
If you aren’t sure, don’t donate over the phone.
That's Better Business Bureau investigator Bill Smith. He says there are plenty of scams out there using the election cycle as the premise to get your personal information. He warns these range from robocalls offering a “free cruise” for taking a political survey, to promises that President Obama will pay your utility bill. One rule of thumb to consider is to never provide your Social Security number, credit card number or banking information to anyone requesting it over the phone or at your home unless you initiated the contact and feel confident with whom you are speaking. You can subscribe to the Better Business Bureau's weekly scam alert update through a link provided here: