With the 2016 elections around the corner, scammers have found a new way to try to trick consumers by pretending they’re calling from a campaign.

Here’s how it works, according to AARP’s Fraud Watch Network: The con usually starts with a scammer spoofing a presidential candidate’s telephone number so that the call appears to come from their campaign headquarters.

The call will seem legitimate because they will use an impersonator to imitate the candidate’s voice, AARP said. They will ask you to press 1 to make a donation by entering your credit card. Even though you may want to support a certain candidate, never give your credit card information without first verifying who is on the other end of the line.

AARP FraudWatch is working to educate the public to prevent scams, which are on the rise. For more information, go to www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork or call 1-877-908-3360.

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