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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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