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Boston officials warn voters of bogus election polling calls

The mayor’s office and Boston’s Election Department are reminding voters that the city does not conduct polling over the phone, after residents received fraudulent calls this weekend, officials said.

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“It has been brought to my attention over the weekend that voters are receiving telephone calls regarding voter preferences,” Geraldine Cuddyer, chairwoman of the Board of Election Commissioners, said in a statement. “Voters should be aware that any caller conducting a survey, and claiming to be Election Department personnel, is engaging in fraudulent behavior.”

The department became aware of the calls when residents complained, said John M. Guilfoil, a spokesman for the mayor’s office. The callers asked residents whom they were voting for and what they thought of a proposed casino in East Boston, Guilfoil said. The Election Department urges residents to not provide any personal information over the phone, Guilfoil said.

Melissa Hanson can be reached at melissa.hanson@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson.
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