Ahead of Election Day, AG warns of political predators

Justin Udo
November 01, 2018 - 3:18 pm
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Election scammers have been making their rounds this year, whether they are asking for donations over the phone, prompting you to give confidential information, or telling you to register or vote over the phone.

Political predators are using this election season to prey on unsuspecting victims — and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro warns to be prepared for them.

"We want people to be engaged in the process, but we don't want them to get scammed as they're supporting their favorite candidate," he said.

Shapiro said his office has good reason to warn people of these tricks.

"We're seeing more and more scams pop up right now," he noted, just days away from Election Day. "The scammers are trying to target anybody who will listen to them. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, they are targeting seniors."

Shapiro said seniors need to be extra vigilant to ensure they do not fall prey to these schemes — and that goes for people from all parties.

"We're not seeing these affiliated with any particular candidate or party," he added. "What we're seeing are people trying to steal money from Pennsylvanians."

If you think you've been scammed, reach out to the Office of the Attorney General.