He estimates "several thousand" people throughout the Basin have already been called by scam artists this election season and "many more" will be targeted during the next week.
"The scary thing is people might not know they're victims [of credit card fraud or identity theft] until months later," said Patton.
No reports or complaints about election-related telephone scams have been filed this year with the County Clerk or the Elections Office.
"It is certainly possible [the BBB is correct] and some victims don't know they're victims yet," said Deborah Land, the Midland County Elections Administrator.
"But maybe voters out here in West Texas are a little smarter than the other counties in Texas and are not going to fall for that."Anybody who receives a suspicious call from a possible scam artist is urged to contact the County Clerk at (432) 688-4401.