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No, It’s Not the Former President Calling!

No, It’s Not the Former President Calling!


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By: Jackie

No, It’s Not the Former President Calling!

Did you receive a phone call from former President Obama recently? If so, it is the most recent scam making the rounds. The call plays a recorded message from former President Obama or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking for a donation. This is followed by another voice telling you to push a button to speak with an agent who asks you for your credit card information. Unfortunately, your money is not going toward a political cause. It goes into the scammers’ pockets instead.

It is best not to speak with the “donation agent” because doing so could give the scammers important information about you that they can use in later scams. Also, do not provide your credit card number or any other personal information because doing so could make you vulnerable to fraudulent charges and possibly identity theft.

Here are BBB tips on how to avoid political fundraising scams:

You can learn more about robocall scams on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website. Also, check out the FTC article on political polling scams.

For more information on other scams, visit BBB Scam Tracker at

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Jackie is the Operations and Education Foundation Assistant with the BBB. She assists consumers with business inquiries, and does presentations to senior groups and high school students. She is a regular contributor to the blog.