Learn how to avoid Census scams
Monday, March 01, 2010
Starting in March, the U.S. Census Bureau will start reaching out to every household in the U.S. to gather information for the 2010 Census
. The Census Bureau will contact U.S. citizens by mail, phone and in person to gather information.
Unfortunately, scam artists may pretend to be with the Census to try to steal your financial information. To protect yourself from fraud, here are some important things to know:
- Legitimate Census workers will NEVER ask you for your Social Security Number, credit card number or bank account information.
- Census employees cannot ask you for money, or tell you that you owe the government money (even if you do).
- Information for the Census will not be collected through email or on the Internet. Report bogus Census emails or websites to email@example.com.
- Any census worker who comes to your door will have a badge, a handheld device or computer, and an official Census Bureau canvas bag. You should always ask to see the badge if it isn’t already visible.
If you think you’ve been the victim of a scam related to the Census, please call Attorney General Roy Cooper’s Consumer Protection
Division for assistance at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM. For more information on how to protect yourself from scams, visit us at www.ncdoj.gov