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ALERT: Residents receive fake text messages claiming to be from Elections

Neighborhood Notes
July 3, 2024

Fake text messages purporting to be from Cobb Elections urge voters to apply for an Absentee Ballot
Cobb Elections does not currently communicate with voters via text messaging

Marietta, GA -- Several people have contacted Cobb County’s Elections Department, saying they received text messages urging them to apply for an absentee ballot. The text messages appear to be from a Cobb Elections phone number and point recipients to the Secretary of State’s absentee ballot request page.

While the link is legitimate, the text messages are NOT from Cobb Elections, and the phone number is a spoof.   Cobb County Elections currently does not send out unsolicited voting information via text messages.

The incident has been reported to the state, and Cobb Information Technology Services (ITS) and others are investigating. 

⚠️ Important Safety Tips:

Do not click on links in emails or texts unless you know the sender's identity.

Spoof websites can look identical to the real ones. Always verify by typing the URL directly into your browser.

Read more about spoofing, scams, and other cyber security here:

Stay vigilant and protect your personal information!

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