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Be Cautious About Giving Information to Census Workers

With the US Census process beginning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft. The big question is, how do you tell the difference between a Census worker and a con artist? BBB offers the following advice:

  • If a US Census worker knocks on your door lookfor a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. You should never invite anyone you don't know into your home.
  • Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information. Do not give your Social Security number, credit card, or banking information anyone, even if they claim they need it for the to US Census.
  • Remember, no matter what they ask, you really need to tell them only how many people live at your address.
  • While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, you don’t have to answer anything at all about your financial situation. The Census Bureau will not ask for Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers, nor will team members solicit donations. Anyone asking for that information is NOT with the Census Bureau.
  • Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail, or in person at home. However, the Census Bureau will not contact you by email, so be on the lookout for Email scams impersonating the Census.

Never click on a link or open any attachments in an email that are supposedly from the US Census Bureau.

For more information on avoiding identity theft and fraud, visit the Better Business Bureau.

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