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Consumer Report

Thursday, October 7, 2004

Identity theft voter scam

Arkansas Attorney General Mike Beebe said residents should be aware that voter scams are currently in progress in an effort to steal identities across the nation. With time running out before the November elections are held, a new phone scam targets voters, trying to get personal information.

Some voters have reportedly been receiving phone calls from people who ask for a Social Security Number and date of birth in order to confirm their voter registrations or to make so-called "corrections" to local voter rolls. However, the Board of Elections never requires you to give out this information over the phone.

In Arkansas, some callers claim to be with the NAACP, offering to register people who hand over personal information or to "confirm" a voter's registration information. Residents who receive telephone calls soliciting personal information on the claim that it is needed to verify voter registration should contact local law enforcement immediately and then notify their local election officials.

These solicitations may occur as follows: * A voter is called by a person who claims to represent a well-known, non-partisan civic organization.* The caller claims to work in "the voter registration office," and states that errors have been found in the person's registration and are in need of correction. * The caller then solicits personal information, including Social Security Number and date of birth. * In some cases, voters are told that they have been removed from the voter list but will be able to re-register on the phone if they provide personal information.

"Absolutely no personal information should be provided in response to such a telephone call," Beebe stated. "We believe that this is a new form of identity theft, preying on people's concern that they will be unable to vote in the November general election."

Beebe added that if you receive such a call, you should contact the local election board or your county clerk to confirm whether or not the call is legitimate. If it is not, Beebe urges you to call the Consumer Protection Division of his office to file a complaint.

For information on other consumer matters, contact the Public Protection Division of the Attorney General's Office at Suite 1100, 323 Center Street, Little Rock, AR 72201. The office can be reached by calling 1-800-482-8982. The address on the World Wide Web is www.arkansasag.gov.