Tracking new election scam targeting voters in key swing states, including Michigan

Scammers using technology to deceive voters out of money

Help Me Hank segment on recent scams targeting seniors
Help Me Hank segment on recent scams targeting seniors

Help Me Hank is tracking a new election scam that’s targeting voters in key swing states, including Michigan.

High-tech thieves are using the latest technology to deceive voters, and by the time they realize what has happened, they’ve been duped out of big money.

President Donald Trump and Joe Biden are both focused on Michigan. It’s a key state for both sides, but now a new election scam is targeting Michigan voters, including those in Metro Detroit.

Melanie Duquesnel, of the Better Business Bureau, is tracking the robocall scam. Voters think they’re getting a recorded call from politicians asking for a donation.

In reality, the calls have been edited using the candidates’ actual words and splicing them together to make people think they’re asking for credit card or personal information.

In this scam, more than 70 people are being targeted, and the majority of the calls aren’t going to cellphones, but landlines. Scammers take credit card info, but the real goal is to get social security numbers in an attempt to steal voters’ identities.

You can watch the full Help Me Hank report in the video posted above.


About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Derick is a Senior Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with Local 4 News since April 2013. Derick specializes in breaking news, crime and local sports.