Vote-by-Phone Scam Targeting Seniors in Virginia

Calls falsely telling them they can vote over the phone

Friday, Oct 12, 2012  |  Updated 4:38 PM EDT
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Vote-by-Phone Scam Targeting Seniors

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Some Virginia voters have been receiving calls falsely telling them they can vote over the phone, the Virginia State Board of Elections said Friday.

The calls seem to be targeting older voters, the board said.

It's unclear how many people have received the calls, but the board has received several complaints over the past few days. The calls may violate several state and federal laws.

Residents cannot vote via phone, email or online. The only ways to vote are in person on election day, by mail-in absentee ballot (if eligible), or in person at the registrar's office or another authorized satellite location, the board said.

The board said it plans to get law enforcement involved.

Anyone who receives one of these calls is advised to ask for the caller's name, phone number and organization. They should then contact the State Board of Elections at 800-552-9745.

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