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Arizona Voters Could be Targeted for ID Theft During Election Season

As the US Presidential elections come closer, security specialists at Arizona say that identity thieves and scammers take it as an opportunity to steal personal information.

Besides, many of the new voters are not familiar with the registration process; therefore, they might be convenient victims for the criminals. While security specialists are concerned about voter fraud as well as its ability to twist election results, identity thieves and scammers are using voter fraud for other objective like capturing new voters' private information including bank account or Social Security numbers.

According to Better Business Bureau, Arizona residents must be careful with their private information so that they are not subjected to bogus voter registration efforts designed to snatch their identities, as reported by abs15 on September 15, 2008.

Security experts state that identity thieves can steal voters' private information by sending phishing e-mails that extract sensitive information from the recipients. Such e-mails pose to appear from a government organization and say that the user needs to click on a link given in the e-mail to register as a voter or to settle a registration problem, warn the experts.

Security Experts also caution that such links actually divert recipients towards Websites loaded with malware that get installed on users' computers or direct to provide personal information like bank account or Social Security numbers.

Furthermore, security specialists state that the first-time registrants and younger voters need to be particularly careful. In this connection, Javelin Strategy and Research issued 2008 Identity Fraud Survey Report that showed that users' in the age groups 18-24 and 25-34 years suffer most from ID theft in America, as reported by abc15 on September 15, 2008.

Security experts further caution the voters that they must know about different ways scammers might employ to seize personal information during the coming election season.

They also reminded everyone that government does not require credit card or bank account information to verify a voter's identity.

Furthermore, consumers who think they have been victimized in a voter registration scam/ID theft should get in touch with BBB or other related authorities immediately.

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» SPAMfighter News - 03-10-2008

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