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Political campaigners besmirched by schemers

Candidates, organizations are used as lures


Crooks are charging credit cards without authorization under the guise of legitimate political campaign organizations and fundraisers. The Better Business Bureau recommends that voters monitor financial accounts and monthly statements for suspicious activity around election season.

In one report to BBB, a criminal organization falsely using the name Obama for America Inc. was withdrawing funds from an unsuspecting local consumer. It is unclear how thieves accessed his card numbers, but he immediately took action to reverse the charges and change his credit card account numbers after recognizing the breach.

“It isn’t just Democrats or just Republicans — all parties are potential targets,” said Robert W.G. Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington.

Beware of phony political headlines, phone calls, phishing emails and social media posts mentioning Mitt Romney or Barack Obama.

Contact legitimate fundraisers directly to make contributions; visit bbb.org to research organizations and report issues.




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