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Voter Registration or Scam to Steal ID? Vanity.
self ^ | July 2.04 | Veto!

Posted on 07/02/2004 8:55:47 AM PDT by Veto!

I was in a major city yesterday waiting for a bus when a nice-looking woman approached with a clipboard asking whether I wanted to register to vote by absentee ballot. I live in a different county, I told her, and have already registered. She pressed on. Wouldn't I like to have absentee ballots sent to my home?

The official-looking form she asked me to fill out included my name/address/phone PLUS either driver's licence or social security number and my signature.

I turned her down. This reeks of ID theft scam to me. But I may be wrong. Does anyone know for sure whether she was legit? (I called my congressman's office and they promised to inquire around.)

But freepers are always way ahead....so would appreciate your comments.
Thanks,
Veto!


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: scam; voterdrives

1 posted on 07/02/2004 8:55:47 AM PDT by Veto!
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To: Veto!

You don't indicate what state you're from so the laws are different.

In California, you may only request an absentee ballot during a specified time before the election (45 days comes to mind, but I can't recall exactly without looking it up). Sounds like a scam of some sort.


2 posted on 07/02/2004 9:00:10 AM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Fabrizio Quattrocchi: "Adesso vi faccio vedere come muore un italiano")
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To: Veto!

Sounds liKe a voter fraud and ID theft scam combined. ask for all that info and doesn't care if you're allready registered?


3 posted on 07/02/2004 9:03:43 AM PDT by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
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To: Veto!

Don't know what state you live in but check the requirements for voter registration... Some States require a Drivers license or other ID and if neither then your social security number.... However I'd only take the form and mail it in if I was registering rather than leave it with someone else..


4 posted on 07/02/2004 9:04:20 AM PDT by deport (Life is simpler when you plow around the stumps.)
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To: cripplecreek
Sounds liKe a voter fraud and ID theft scam combined. ask for all that info and doesn't care if you're allready registered?

My take on it exactly. Plus, she was really URGING me to sign, trying to SELL me on the idea. I might add that I was the only person she approached, and was the only one that looked like the owner of credit cards. Highly suspicious!

5 posted on 07/02/2004 9:12:35 AM PDT by Veto!
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To: deport
However I'd only take the form and mail it in if I was registering rather than leave it with someone else..

Good point.. I asked about that and she said no. All of this points to scam.

6 posted on 07/02/2004 9:15:34 AM PDT by Veto!
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To: Veto!
You are wise to suspect fraud in this case. btw--Wednesday morning, had a man and a woman come to my home claiming to be IRS collection agents! The man became annoyed when I would not permit him inside. After contacting the police, bank, IRS, found this is in the top 12 IRS scams.

All of the info these people had about my was obtainable from the Florida DOS website. In fact, they had enought info about me that I contacted my accountant before calling the police.

7 posted on 07/02/2004 9:17:04 AM PDT by NautiNurse (Godspeed to the new Iraqi government)
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they had enought info about me that I contacted my accountant before calling the police.

Amazing and frightening. Happy to hear that you did not let them in. No end to the scams going around.

For once, I'm grateful to the leftist liberal local media for doing so many stories on credit card fraud and identity theft. Almost daily, actually. At least they're getting one thing right.

8 posted on 07/02/2004 9:28:02 AM PDT by Veto!
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To: Veto!

The Democrats are probably behind it, so it's probably both.


9 posted on 07/02/2004 10:14:52 AM PDT by tdadams (If there were no problems, politicians would have to invent them... wait, they already do.)
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To: Veto!
Yes--frightening when I finally realized it. Fortunately, I am the suspicious type when anyone shows up at the door. The local police said they hadn't heard this one (small town). My accountant was immediately suspicious, and told me to contact the police and the bank.

This was a pretty good scam too. The guy had a business card. Told me not to call him until after next Tuesday it was Wednesday). I got the #, and called it. Woke up a sleepy woman who said, "IRS." The IRS always answers "Internal Revenue Service." When I called the real IRS # in the phone book, it took the anticipated 6 tries, and voice mail loop.

Found this on several websites:

"IRS 'Agent' Comes to Your Door to Collect" -- First, do not let anyone into your home unless they identify themselves to your satisfaction. IRS special agents, field auditors, and collection officers carry picture IDs and will normally try to contact you before they visit. If you think the person on your doorstep is an impostor, lock your door and call the local police. To report IRS impostors, call the Treasury Inspector General's Hotline at 1-800-366-4484.

10 posted on 07/02/2004 10:23:51 AM PDT by NautiNurse (Godspeed to the new Iraqi government)
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