U.S. Census Info To Avoid Website & Email Scams And How To Identify Authorized Census Workers

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Some helpful information here to help us all be aware when we are visited or contacted by our U. S. Census workers. The Census is not scheduled until April 1, 2010 but Website Phishing and Email Scams have already been identified.

ALWAYS BE CERTAIN OF WHO YOU SHARE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION WITH. "GLOBALLY SPEAKING" IF PERSONAL INFORMATION IS REQUESTED VIA EMAIL, DON'T TRUST IT.
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The BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU offers several tips regarding the upcoming National Census:

BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT GIVING INFORMATION TO CENSUS WORKERS

With the U.S. 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 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 will 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? BBB offers the following advice:

** If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have 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. However, 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 to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. Census. While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, the Census Bureau will not ask for Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers nor will employees solicit donations.

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 U.S. Census Bureau.

For more advice on avoiding identity theft and fraud, visit _www.bbb.org_
(http://www.bbb.org/)

Also, visit the US Census Bureau’s website at:
http://www.census.gov/

For information regarding “PHISHING, EMAIL SCAMS & BOGUS CENSUS WEBSITES visit:
http://www.census.gov/survey_participants/related_information/phishing_e...

Lastly, visit here to learn about safeguards to your privacy:
http://www.census.gov/privacy/

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