Scammers may be targeting voters ahead of election, FBI warns

Scammers may be targeting voters ahead of election, FBI warns

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With three-weeks to go until the presidential election, the FBI is warning voters about scammers including cyber-criminals.

The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency are warning about spoofed URL’s and email domains that could put voters at risk.

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Officials said con-artists are using fraudulent websites and email addresses to pose as legitimate election resources, all in an effort to dupe victims into giving away their personal information.

The scammers are also trying to infect victims' computers with malware. Here’s what you can do to avoid becoming a victim:

  • The FBI suggests you carefully check the spelling of web addresses, websites and email addresses. Often times, scammers use a “.com” instead of “.gov” or they misspell words.
  • Don’t open email or attachments from someone you don’t know.
  • Never give out any personal information via email.

It’s also good to make sure your computer and anti-virus software are updated -- and to remove software apps that aren’t needed.

Officials are encouraging voters to rely on trustworthy sources of information for the election, including state and local election officials.

The FBI encourages anyone to report any suspicious activity.

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