This Wednesday (21), the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) released an important warning: criminals are running scams on behalf of the agency in order to obtain voter data. According to the TSE, the fraud arrives via email or messaging applications and tries to trick people by saying that their voter registration cards have been provisionally cancelled.
The Court explains The scam works like this: the potential victim receives a message that their title has been temporarily canceled. At the end of the text, there is a link that takes you to a page where you can supposedly regularize your electoral status.
This regularization, however, is only done when people inform their personal data, such as CPF, for example. The Superior Electoral Court is emphatic: “All these messages are malicious and are aimed at capturing information to carry out scams.”
It is important to emphasize that the Electoral Justice never communicates the cancellation of voter registration cards or any registration irregularity through email messages or applications such as WhatsApp or Telegram. Furthermore, no personal data is requested through these means.
Anyone who needs information about their electoral registration must check it themselves on the TSE portal or official application. Only in cases of lawsuits and in the convening of polling stations, the body may contact you by email or messaging apps.
Finally, the Court emphasizes the importance of checking whether the websites or applications accessed really belong to official bodies. To do this, just observe if they contain the ending “.jus.br” in the address.
Experts also warn of risks
Still in the statement, the TSE informed that scams like this are not new and said that it is sought after “frequently”.
For Daniel Barbosa, an information security specialist at ESET, dates such as elections are extensively used by criminals. He says that as people’s attention is focused on (this event), scammers try to lure victims to obtain sensitive data.
The criminals aim to profit from this information or use it for other frauds. A common feature of these scams, according to Barbosa, is precisely the receipt of links that redirect the victim to external sites.
The expert warns that, in this case, the ideal is always to be suspicious, look for information in official sources and never report sensitive data to unknown contacts or malicious websites.
With information: Superior Electoral Court