Authorities warn of new wave of fraudulent calls targeting voters

By KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Authorities are warning voters of cold calls coming in from people claiming to be with an election integrity group, asking about ballots and personal information.

The people calling say they’re from the Election Integrity Fund and ask for personal information, explained Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.

“They are suggesting there is something wrong with the voter’s ballot or that they need to ask questions about the voter’s ballot,” Krasner said.

Krasner warned that no government group is calling voters. If anyone is receiving these calls, he said to hang up or, if possible, write down the number and ask for the name of the caller and of the organization.

An organization out in Michigan with the same name — the Election Integrity Fund — calls into question the state’s absentee ballots on their website even as state officials have denounced the claims.

“It’s spreading fraudulent information about how there is something wrong with votes. It’s despicable. It shouldn’t be going on,” Krasner said.

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office is working with federal and state law enforcement to figure out who’s making these calls.

“We don’t have clear information on who is being targeted, and one theory is they are trying to simply cause an uproar and make people believe something that is not true, and that’s making people believe their votes are being questioned,” Krasner said.

The district attorney’s Election Task Force is still active and investigating claims. The task force’s number is 215–686–9641.