The Federal Trade Commission says there
is a new scam involving voter registration. The State Division of Elections is
warning voters to be aware of what is and isn’t proper information that can be
requested when registering to vote. Mary Donaldson has more.
Gail Fenumiai (FE-NEW-ME-EYE), the
director for the Division of Elections in Alaska, says the recent scam involves people
calling and asking for confidential information to get the voter registered,
which is something that the division wouldn’t do.
(Gail 1 :17s “…local election boards.”)
Fenumiai says asking the voter for
information over the phone is not the division’s standard procedure. When
registering to vote for the first time, she says voters are required to provide
one identifier such as the last four digits of the Social Security number, an Alaska driver's license
number, or their Alaska State ID number located on their voter registration
application, along with their date of birth. If any of the required information
is missing, she says the division would obtain the needed information
(Gail 2 :31s “…when you are registering to vote.”)
Fenumiai urges the public to never
provide any of this information to the person who may be targeting them. She
says if anyone believes they have been scammed, to contact the Federal Trade
Commission by phone or visiting their website. She says so far, there haven’t
been any cases of identity theft from this voter registration scam reported in Alaska.
I’m Mary Donaldson.
link to the FTC here: www.ftc.gov/idtheft