View Full Version : Voter Fraud in Florida--Dirty trick or ID theft scam?

10-23-2012, 02:14 PM
Feds to probe possible voter fraud in Florida
Residents receiving false letters questioning citizenship, officials say (http://www.clickorlando.com/news/Feds-to-probe-possible-voter-fraud-in-Florida/-/1637132/17086510/-/5x9wgrz/-/index.html)

Officials in Florida have issued a warning about a new trick trying to prevent voters from going to the polls.

Voters are getting letters that look like they are from local elections offices, questioning their citizenship. But Local 6 has learned the letters are fake, and they are going out across Central Florida and other parts of the state.

Officials said the voters who have received the letters thus far are white, registered Republicans who consistently vote in elections.

"This is a major concern," said Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel, who received a letter from a voter mailed from Seattle with no return address. "You should not expect a letter from your elections office saying, 'You're not registered to vote, please don't go to the polls.' That's ridiculous."

The supervisor of elections in Collier County said some residents there have also received hoax letters.

Inside the letter is the resident's supervisor of election's name, the resident's name and address, and a warning that doubts the voter's citizenship, saying the resident is not eligible to vote unless a letter is returned in an enclosed form within 15 days.

Some voters said it's easy to be fooled.

"It looks official," a Central Florida resident said.

"I would think they were full of it because I would ask for someone to prove it," said another voter when showed a copy of the fraudulent letter.

East Naples resident Wayne Hoss said he received his letter on Saturday and immediately knew it was a hoax because he was born in the United States. Hoss says the letter included a form seeking personal information, including his Social Security and driver's license numbers....

Not sure if it's a political dirty trick or just a scam to get your SSN and other ID.


10-23-2012, 03:45 PM
It sounds to me like an identity scam, using the election as the means. It could be both, though, criminals can multi-task.

10-23-2012, 03:47 PM
It sounds to me like an identity scam, using the election as the means. It could be both, though, criminals can multi-task.

Possibly. The letter asking for SS# and other identifying information sounds like it's not a political dirty trick but an ID theft ring. Still, you never know. Someone had to have a list of registered Republicans who vote in elections regularly. At DU, they probably think that the evil Rove sent those letters out to place blame on the Democrats. :friendly_wink: