Although the election season is over, that hasn’t stopped scammers from trying to steal personal and financial information using political angles. In my case, it’s been calls that start with what appears to be a message from former President Barak Obama. Suspecting a scam, I simply hang up.
My instinct has been validated by a recent alert from the Better Business Bureaus (BBB) about this very scam. In their alert, BBB warns consumers that these calls start either with a recorded message that sounds as if it’s from former President Obama or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (bbb.org; “Just Hang up on Phony Fundraising Calls”).
Since I always hang up, I didn’t know the other useful information in the BBB alert. They warn that consumers who press the button to speak with a donation agent are likely going to be asked for credit card and other personal information that will be used in future scams. Once they get this information, the scammers can use it for fraudulent charges and, even more serious, for identity theft purposes.
Consumers should just hang up on these calls. Anyone wanting to make a donation of any sort should contact the organization directly. That way, a good deed will go to the intended organization and not help scammers.