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Internet thieves are finding creative ways to trick people into giving up banking information and these days, they're claiming to represent a political campaign.  Better Business Bureau Investigator Bill Smith says anyone paying attention to the upcoming election should think twice before making a donation over the phone.  

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Smith says there are plenty of scams out there using the election cycle as the premise to get your personal information.  The scams range from robocalls offering a "free cruise" for taking a political survey, to promises that President Obama will pay your utility bill.  One rule of thumb to consider is to never provide your Social Security number, credit card number or banking information to anyone requesting it over the phone.  That information shouldn't be handed out to anyone at your home either, unless you initiated the contact and feel confident about the person you're speaking with.

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