A statewide voter registration scam reached Crow Wing County Tuesday, with one reported case here.
Roy Luukkonen, county auditor, said the scam -- where telephone callers seek Social Security numbers in the guise of voter registration -- has been reported in the Twin Cities and Moorhead and now is closer to home.
For the voter registration scam, callers pose as representatives from the League of Women Voters or a group called Women's Right to Vote. Callers tell people they are not registered to vote and ask for the last four digits of Social Security numbers and other personal information.
Don Ryan, county attorney, said callers are targeting women.
"People should never give any part of their Social Security number over the phone," Ryan said.
The government is never going to ask for the number for voting purposes, Ryan said. And people cannot register to vote over the phone. Voter registration requires a signature.
Ryan said if anyone receives such a call they should hang up the phone and then call the sheriff's department where the time and date of the call can be logged, which will help officials.
"Whoever is doing this is taking advantage of the League's credibility," said Helen Palmer, League of Women Voters president. "I don't think the League's credibility is going to be seriously damaged by this. The League has done solid work for almost 85 years now. But that doesn't mean we don't take this seriously."
State officials said anyone receiving a call seeking personal information should call the Consumer Services Division of the attorney general's office at (651) 296-3353.
(This story includes information from The Associated Press.)
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