Clinton Campaign Caught Using This FRAUDULENT Tactic Commonly Used by Porn Industry

Hillary Clinton’s campaign was caught deliberately overcharging their poorest donors. Supporters might make a one-time $25 donation to the Clinton campaign, but then find multiple charges on their bank statements. The Clinton campaign was careful to make sure that the sum of all the charges never exceeded $100, so that it wouldn’t raise any red flags with the banks. The Observer reported:

The overcharges are occurring so often that the fraud department at one of the nation’s biggest banks receives up to 100 phone calls a day from Clinton’s small donors asking for refunds for unauthorized charges to their bankcards made by Clinton’s campaign. One elderly Clinton donor, who has been a victim of this fraud scheme, has filed a complaint with her state’s attorney general and a representative from the office told her that they had forwarded her case to the Federal Election Commission.

“We get up to a hundred calls a day from Hillary’s low-income supporters complaining about multiple unauthorized charges,” a source, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of job security, from the Wells Fargo fraud department told the Observer. The source claims that the Clinton campaign has been pulling this stunt since Spring of this year. The Hillary for America campaign will overcharge small donors by repeatedly charging small amounts such as $20 to the bankcards of donors who made a one-time donation. However, the Clinton campaign strategically doesn’t overcharge these donors $100 or more because the bank would then be obligated to investigate the fraud.

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“We don’t investigate fraudulent charges unless they are over $100,” the fraud specialist explained. “The Clinton campaign knows this, that’s why we don’t see any charges over the $100 amount, they’ll stop the charges just below $100. We’ll see her campaign overcharge donors by $20, $40 or $60 but never more than $100.” The source, who has worked for Wells Fargo for over 10 years, said that the total amount they refund customers on a daily basis who have been overcharged by Clinton’s campaign “varies” but the bank usually issues refunds that total between $700 and $1200 per day.

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The source said that pornography companies often deploy a similar arrangement pull. “We see this same scheme with a lot of seedy porn companies,” the source said.

Victims of this fraud would first try to resolve the matter over the phone with the Clinton campaign, but predictably, they would get nowhere. Then, they’d go to their bank and explain the situation, and get their bank to issue them refunds.

According to the Observer’s anonymous source, the Clinton campaign is doing this to give the FEC an artificially bloated report of their donations, in order to create the illusion that they have lots of grassroots support. The money that’s refunded by the banks – to people who have been defrauded by the Clinton campaign – won’t be reflected in FEC filings until after the election, and by then, no one will care.

 

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