Beware Of Census Scams

The census happens every ten years, but a lot has changed since 2000, including the tactics of scam artists.

"There are scam artists that will take advantage of a situation such as the census to develop a scam and try to for instance steal your identity or get hold of an account number," says Mark Fagan of Florida Consumer Services.

The census form you will receive will ask simple questions like how many people live in your home.

Census officials worry that since everyone knows about the count, people will let their guard down. You could easily become the victim of identity theft by giving someone who writes, calls, emails or knocks at your door information that could give them access to your bank accounts and your credit cards.

Fagan says census workers and forms will never ask for your social security number or for any financial institution numbers.

Officials say the forms will have just ten questions, and none of them will ask for personal financial data. Also, census workers carry official badges. Finally, the census bureau won't email or tell you to fill out information in a website.


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  • by pete Location: grifton on Mar 4, 2010 at 02:38 PM
    Ask them why they are going to log your location(home) with a gps unit? then ask how they found you now without it,can't wait to here a reply.now they can bomb you with a drone like in Afganistan if you buck their system..
  • by Anonymous on Mar 4, 2010 at 01:26 PM
    If you don't answer all the questions on the census you will get fined. According to United States Code, Title 13 (Census), Chapter 7 (Offenses and Penalties), SubChapter II, if you're over 18 and refuse to answer all or part of the Census, you can be fined up to $100. If you give false answers, you're subject to a fine of up to $500. If you offer suggestions or information with the "intent to cause inaccurate enumeration of population," you are subject to a fine of up to $1,000, up to a year in prison, or both
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Mar 4, 2010 at 09:22 AM
    The census is a outdated method of determining population. The government knows how many people are in a given area. The census is a way to spend more money to get into your private life. The census has 10 questions?!?! You are only required to answer one. How many people are in your house? PERIOD. The rest is none of their business and should not be answered.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 4, 2010 at 08:35 AM
    I think the biggest scam will be that done by the federal government. Not that long ago, Acorn was going to do it? This is an opportunity to get votes.....
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