Fake Political Organizations - How to Recognize Them and How to Report Them
Politics may make strange bedfellows, but it also breeds outright frauds and scams. We have all heard of the dirty tricks that one political party plays on another, but as individuals, we need to have our guard up against being scammed in the name of a politician or political party we support. They are not immune to being used by scammers, too.
Here are some examples of how criminals use famous politicians, political organization and political parties to try to trick your money from you.
How to Recognize a Fake Political Organization
Let's look at some actual situations, experiences and in some cases, emails people received and see how we can spot that they are scams.
Sample Political Scams
If you receive a call from this number or any group that claims to represent a political party or elected official, take down their information, including the contact's name, phone number, etc. Do NOT give them any personal or financial information, especially not a credit card, checking or bank account number, passport number, etc.
Next, look up the direct phone or email address for the person or party they claim to represent and call them , as we did. Ask them if this group represents them. In some cases, they may well be legitimate, but you won't know if you don't check on them first.
And please let us know about any suspicious calls or emails you receive. We look for patterns so that we can alert the authorities and victims to new scams, before it is too late!
How to Report a Fraudulent Organization or Business Proposal
In the United States contact:
U.S. Secret ServicePhone: (202) 435–5850 Fax: (202) 435–5031 Or contact the local U.S. Secret Service Field Office.
Contact the Foreign Commercial Service (FSC) at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. If there is no FCS office, contact the American Citizens Services Unit of the Consular Section or the Regional Security Office.
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