Proud boys hoaxes, threats and spam explode as election day approaches

Threatening emails. Weird recruiting text messages. A website with an “assault weapon” raffle.

In the weeks immediately preceding and following President Donald Trump’s evening debate nod to the Proud Boys, voters reported a slew of spam messages claiming to be from the far-right paramilitary group. But many or all of these messages are hoaxes, some of which come from a serial prankster who once posed as anti-fascists.

The result is a murky and threatened state of affairs, with some voters worried more than ever for election security as Trump calls on his supporters – including the Proud Boys in particular – to watch the polls.

“We are in possession of all of your information,” read an email claiming to be from The Prod Boys that was shared on social media by several Florida residents on Tuesday. “You are currently registered as a Democrat, and we know that because we have had access to the entire voting infrastructure. You will vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you. Change your party affiliation. in Republican to let us know you received our message and we will comply. We will know which candidate you voted for. I would take this seriously if I were you. Good luck. “

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