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ICFE eNEWS #16-35 - October 13th 2016

Voter Registration Fraud and Identity Theft

By Yan Ross, Director of Special Projects, ICFE

In the midst of all the current emotional election coverage in the media, there's an opportunity identity thieves are exploiting.

The identity thieves may start with a phone call or an e-mail message, but the approach is the same: Consumers receive a communication saying there has been an issue with their voter registration and they need to verify it by calling a number or visiting a website.

Once connected, the perpetrators attempt to engage with the unsuspecting victims. Usually, the pitch is based on a claimed voter registration status that is about to or already has expired, and it needs to be renewed in order to be able to cast a vote in the upcoming election.

That sets up the foundation for them to access personal information, especially to "confirm" such vital elements as date of birth, Social Security Number, and even log-in information for common commercial web sites and credit card specifics.

With so much hype during the campaign season, it is easy for an individual to get caught up in the web of deceit and give in to the urgent nature of the communication. We are constantly reminded, even in public service messages, how important every vote is this year.

The recommended course of action is to be mindful about the predations of identity thieves, stay informed about new and recurring scams, be cautious about unexpected communications by phone or e-mail, and notify authorities (usually your local County Clerk, who is responsible for maintaining the voter rolls) of any such unusual activity.

Be aware that there are many variations of this scam, so if there is any doubt about the legitimacy of such a communication, check with the local authorities, at the phone number listed in the local phone book or official government web site.

Be sure to vote this November, but don't fall victim to this identity theft scam.

The ICFE's Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist ® XV CITRMS® course is now available both in printed format and online.

The Textbook and Desk Reference edition of the course book is also available online. Bulk pricing and discounts for veterans and students available. Inquire at yan.ross@icfe.info

Yan Ross Bio PhotoYan Ross is ICFE's Director of Special Projects, and the author of the Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist ® XV CITRMS® course. As an accredited educator for over 20 years, he has addressed Identity Theft Risk Assessment and management for consumers, organizations holding personally identifiable information, and professionals who work with individuals and organizations who are at risk of falling victim to identity thieves.


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About the ICFE:

The Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE) was founded in 1982 by the late Loren Dunton (creator of the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation).  The ICFE is dedicated to helping consumers of all ages to improve their spending, increase savings and use credit more wisely. 
The ICFE is an award winning, nonprofit, consumer education organization that has helped millions of people through its education programs and Resources. It publishes the Do-It-Yourself Credit File correction Guide, which is updated annually. The ICFE has distributed over one million Credit/Debit Card Warning Labels and Credit/Debit Card Sleeves world wide.

The ICFE became an official partner with the Department of Defense/Financial Readiness Campaign in June of 2004.The ICFE was an active partner in the California Student Debt Resource Awareness Project (CASDRAP) which resulted in a new web site: (studentdebthelp.org).  CASDRAP disbanded in 2010, shortly after the web site project was completed.  In 2011 the ICFE assumed the single sponsorship of the (studentdebthelp.org) web site and is now responsible for its content and operation.

The ICFE is also an on-line help for consumers who spend too much.  ICFE's spending help was featured in PARADE Magazine in the Intelligence Report section. The money helps and tips are from the ICFE's Money Instruction Book, our course in personal finance.

Visit the ICFE's other web sites at: www.financial-education-icfe.org and studentdebthelp.org.  Both sites helps consumers and students with mending spending, learning about the proper use of credit, budget and expense guidelines, how to set up and implement a spending-plan and also how to access financial education courses and how to teach children about money. Other ICFE services include: Ask Mr. G,  a free eNews, and an online resource center for students, parents and educators, plus financial education learning tools and a book store.

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