2010 Census - Cautions from the Better Business Bureau

Someone sent me this, and I thought I'd share:

Be Cautious About Giving Info 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, raceand  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, 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 employees solicit donations. Any one asking for that information  is NOT with the Census Bureau. AND REMEMBER,  THE CENSUS BUREAU HAS DECIDED NOT TO WORK WITH ACORN ON GATHERING  THIS INFORMATION..  No ACORN worker should approach you saying he/she, is 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 U.S. Census Bureau.

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