Phony letters threaten Collier voters – NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida

Phony letters threaten Collier voters – NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida.

Posted: Oct 22, 2012 1:35 PM EDTUpdated: Oct 22, 2012 2:39 PM EDT

A copy of the fraudulent letter (image watermarked)A copy of the fraudulent letter (image watermarked)

A real letter from the supervisor's officeA real letter from the supervisor’s office

The phony letterThe phony letter

The NBC2 Investigators have confirmed the Collier County Supervisor of Elections office is investigating complaints of voter intimidation.

Four registered voters have received form letters challenging their citizenship and eligibility to vote. The letters, mailed from Seattle, WA, have been turned over to the FBI. It’s unclear who sent them.

There’s no connection between the Collier County residents who received them, other than they are all registered Republicans.

Tim Durham with the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office says none of the victims names match earlier inquiries regarding citizenship.

Election supervisors consider the letters threatening because they say trying to vote could lead to an arrest or even prison.

Durham says that a real letter from the office would not contain such verbiage.

Check back with nbc-2.com and tune into NBC2 News this afternoon for further updates.

COMPARING THE LETTERS

We have attached the real letter the scam artist used as a model. There are three clear differences.

1) The verbiage on the timeline is altered, and the penalty shifts from just removal from voting rolls to criminal proceedings.

2) The contact information shifts from a specific person at the supervisor’s office (Mr. Vigil) to a generic contact reference.

3) The supervisor signs her letters – the phonies are unsigned. The enclosure information is also altered to remove the reference to the envelope.