Monday, August 24, 2009

2010 Census Cautions

by Susan Johnson - August 3, 2009 12:07 pm
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 www.bbb.org.

I thought this was information we should all be aware of.....Have a great week everyone......

8 Comments:

At 7:31 PM, Blogger Renie Burghardt said...

Great info, Lucy. Thanks!

There already was someone here, but she just wanted to verify the address.

Don't they send the papers to be filled out by mail? I know they did the last time.

Anway, it's always wise to be well informed about these things.

Take care!

 
At 7:14 AM, Blogger Cliff said...

Yes we need to be careful. But more especially if they're from this government.
Let us know how the beef and walnut recipe went.

 
At 9:41 AM, Blogger T. F. Stern said...

Cliff,, I knew I liked you; especially if they're from the government... love it.

 
At 11:42 AM, Blogger Ralph said...

That's some great advice - thanks. Also, that beef in walnut sauce sounds really good. I'll be making it.
Ralph

 
At 3:35 PM, Blogger Oh great One said...

Good info. I wouldn't have known that I didn't need to give them a social security number.

 
At 11:20 AM, Blogger Big Dave T said...

I'm pretty paranoid about giving out my personal information, so hopefully that helps. Sometimes even when my wife asks me a personal question I'll respond, "Why do you want to know?"

 
At 1:49 PM, Blogger LZ Blogger said...

I get very concerned when ANYONE from the government shows up on my porch. ~ jb///

 
At 12:14 AM, Anonymous Jack Mc said...

Everything in Susan Johnson's article is accurate except in the following paragraph...** 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.**... when a Census worker comes to your house to gather information, they will NOT be carrying a 'handheld device'. The handheld computer was just used in address canvassing and will not be used in later. I worked for the Census during the addressing canvassing phase.

 

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