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by Sid Kirchheimer, AARP Bulletin, September 13, 2010
It's campaign time, so expect to hear plenty of promises that will never be kept—and not just from candidates. This is also the season for voter registration scams.
Among the newest:
Some states and municipalities do require a Social Security number for voter registration. Provide yours only if it's needed on an official voter registration form that you return directly to your local or state election office. Personal financial information is never required.
Here's how to defend yourself against voter registration ploys:
If you believe you have been a victim of a voter registration scam, contact your local election board. You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission or call 877-FTC-HELP.
Sid Kirchheimer is the author of Scam-Proof Your Life (AARP Books/Sterling).
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