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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Be Cautious About Giving Info to Census Workers

A warning from several Internet lists and a web site SOUTH-CENTRAL-KENTUCKY-L at rootsweb dot com; KYBARREN at rootsweb dot com; Hart County Kentucky Genealogy Interest Group [MyFamily dot com]. This is on the BBB website (link is at end of this article).

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, 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, it 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, they 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 http://www.bbb.org./

[NOTE: I went to the local BBB website to see what they might have on this and it has the same article... see it here http://evansville.bbb.org/article/bbb-alerts-consumers-about-us-census-workers-be-careful--but-cautious-10634 ].

- Submitted by JGWest

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