The FBI is investigating some 800,000 Election Day robocalls that told swing-staters “stay home and stay safe.”
More than 3 million of the automated calls were made nationwide on Tuesday — but it is the 800,000 made to people with phone numbers tied to six presidential swing states that are most alarming, due to their potential to impact election outcomes, ProPublica reported Tuesday night.
It was not known who was behind the cryptic messaging or whether the calls targeted people with particular party leanings, the report said.
Also unknown is how many of the callers listened to any or all of the messages, which were uncovered by the robocall watchdog firm TelTech, the report said.
One of the messages was just a few seconds long, and delivered the “stay home and stay safe” message in a robotic monotone, the report said.
A senior Department of Homeland Security official told ProPublica on Tuesday that the FBI is investigating the calls.
“Be mindful of people that are trying to intimidate you, undermine your confidence,” the official said, while noting that robocalls are a problem during every election.
Election Day robocalls of all kinds targeted 798,000 phone numbers tied to Texas and 534,000 numbers tied to Florida, the two states bearing the brunt of the calls, ProPublica said.
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