The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is under way. Workers have begun field work verifying addresses and basic information on all U. S. housholds. This offers an opportunity for fraud, so the BBB has suggested some common sense precautions. One of the big questions is How do you recognize a census worker. They offer this adivce:
· 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 e-mail, so be on the look out for e-mail scams impersonating the Census. Never click on a link or open any attachments in an e-mail that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau
For a complete list of tips view their entire article, BBB Alerts Consumers about U.S. census Workers: Be Cooperative, But Cautious!