Couple worried victims of election registration scam - KCTV5 News

Couple worried victims of election registration scam

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Update: The Jackson County Election Board received the couple's information, but tell voters to be extra vigilant in protecting their personal information.

A Lee's Summit couple thought a man was making life easier for them, but now they fear they have been ripped off.

Kelly and Michael Kates just moved to Lee's Summit. She and her husband are busy raising their five children and hadn't had a chance to change their vote registration.

A man said he was working with the election board and gave her a voter registration change of address from the Missouri Secretary of State's Office. The card can be easily obtained by anyone.

The couple filled out the card, complete with their Social Security number. The man detached part of the form for her records and said she would soon receive a letter from the election office.

Jackson County Election Board officials said they never sent anyone into the Lee's Summit neighborhood.

"My heart stopped," Kelly Kates recalled. "I'm like, 'What do you mean you haven't seen anybody out? Somebody came to my door and told us that they were from the election board!'"

Groups often get registration cards from the state of Missouri, and so it could be in the works of being processed.

However, unscrupulous people can use the forms to gain personal information and rip off people.

Jackson County Election Board officials said they are taking this case seriously and will keep an eye out for her paperwork. 

Bob Nichols said it's rare for election board officials to go door to door or make telephone calls seeking voter registration information. He said residents can register or update their records with peace of mind.

"I'd recommend they go to a registration site such as the Mid-Contintent library, City Hall or our offices. Don't ever give anyone your information if you don't know who they are," Nichols said.

Kelly Kates said in the meantime she is fearful because she no longer can trust the man's motives.

"I don't know what his intentions were. It's kind of scary to just have your information floating out there somewhere," she said.

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