How to avoid political fundraising scams:
Hang up – Don’t press any buttons. We all like to have the last word, but engaging with the caller may just give the con artist information he can use.
Watched for spoofed calls – Your Caller ID may say that someone from Washington DC is contacting you, but scammers can fake this using phone number spoofing technology.
Never give out any financial information –If you did not initiate the call, do not provide bank account, credit card, or Social Security numbers over the phone.
Research fundraising organizations before donating – Be especially cautious of links that come to you through email or social media. Don’t click through. Instead, go directly to an organization’s website by typing the URL in your browser or using a search engine.
Learn more about robocall and scams on the Federal Trade Commission website.