However, while you need to be co-operative with a real census representative, there is always the possibility of fraud, and there are several important considerations. And, the cesnsus is designed to count and to gather information about every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race and other relevant data.
According to the Better Business Bureau, “Most people are rightfully cautious and won’t give out personal information to unsolicited phone callers or visitors, however the Census is an exception to the rule,” said Bill Mitchell, President/CEO of the Better Business Bureau of the Southland. “Unfortunately, scammers know that the public is more willing to share personal data when taking part in the Census and they have an opportunity to ply their trade by posing as a government employee and soliciting sensitive financial information.”
And, according to the BBB and to various local authorities, there have already been reports of false attempts to get social security numbers, bank and credit card information. In short, do not give out banking, credit information, or social securituy numbers to anyone - even a real census worker.
And for more information on how to iddentify a real cnesus worker, and what they can and cannot ask, please consult the Better Business Bureau site on the US Census and Fraud.
Please be sure to pass this blog onto your friends and relatives for their safety and security.
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