Monday, October 26, 2009

Be cautious about giving info to census workers

Be on the lookout for e-mail scams impersonating the Census, the census will NEVER contact you through email!

With the U.S. Census process beginning, the Better Business Bureau, or BBB, advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft.

The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is under way, as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will count every person in the United States and gather information about every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race and other relevant data. The big question is - how do you tell the difference between a U.S. Census worker and a con artist? The BBB offers the following advice:

If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, handheld device, Census Bureau canvas bag and confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. However, you should never invite anyone you do not know into your home.

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