Voter Registration Scam
August 13, 2008
A new scam has been announced involving voter registration.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, scammers may send
messages asking for Social Security number or financial information
to register you to vote or to confirm your registration. Scammers
are representing themselves as being from the location election
The Alaska Division of Elections warns voters that Division staff
would never ask a voter to provide financial information to register
or confirm voter registration. If you get a message asking for
this information, it is a scam to commit identity theft.
When registering to vote for the first time, voters are required
to provide one identifier such as the last-4 digits of the Social
Security number, Alaska driver's license number, or Alaska State
ID number on the voter registration application, along with their
date of birth. This information is confidential on voter records.
If a voter failed to provide the required information, the Division
of Elections would send the voter a written letter, on Division
letterhead. We would not ask the voter for this information
over the telephone.
If you get an unsolicited phone call or e-mail from someone who
claims to need your Social Security number or financial information
to register you to vote, report it to the FTC online at www.ftc.gov
or by phone at 1-877-FTC-HELP.
If you already have shared
your personal information with someone you don't know, you may
be the victim of a scam. File your complaint with the FTC, then
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