US Census Bureau has a warning about protecting yourself from scam.
Below is another link to the organisation about Phishing, Email Scams & Bogus Census Web Sites, including how to report a scam.
MCALLEN — The 2010 U.S. Census could be the golden ticket for identity thieves, and the Better Business Bureau wants Valley residents to know how to protect themselves.
“This is just one more way that people could try to get a hold of our personal information, so we as consumers need to make sure we’re protecting it the best possible way we can,” said Dolores Salinas, South Texas BBB president.
The BBB warns Valley residents against people who may pose as Census employees and asks for money or social security numbers.
“Do not give that information out to no one either by phone, in person or mail or email,” said Salinas.
Note this warning:
The Census Bureau does NOT conduct the 2010 Census via email or the Internet.
Census Bureau initiated communication through email
You may receive an email from the Census Bureau regarding your participation in a survey, however:
- The Census Bureau does not request detailed personal information through email.
- The Census Bureau does not send email requesting PIN codes, passwords social security numbers or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.