Watch for Census Scams
Following up on last week’s edition of Golden Living, we’ve learned of potential scams amid the U.S. Census Bureau’s attempts to get people involved in this year’s count.
This month the Census Bureau is recruiting to fill thousands of temporary jobs, and scammers have tried to take advantage. They’ve been asking to be paid fees for applications or training. That’s a scam. Federal agencies don’t charge these kind of application fees, and they won’t ask you to buy any equipment.
Other scammers have been sending out phony mailers, hoping to trick people into giving up financial and/or insurance information, then using that information to commit identity theft or insurance fraud. The Census doesn’t ask for this kind of information.
Scammers may also pose as Census workers to get your personal information. Not only will Census workers not ask for that kind of information, the real Census workers who will be visiting some residences won’t be on the job until March, in most cases.
The Census Bureau will never ask for your full Social Security number, nor will they ask for banking or credit card information. They will not ask citizenship status, nor will they ask any questions on behalf of a political campaign. Your answers to Census questions cannot be shared with law enforcement. All your information is kept strictly confidential.
The National Archives will eventually release certain census records to the general public – but not until 72 years from this year’s Census Day. In other words, your personally identifiable information from this year remains sealed until April 1st, 2092.
If you see false information about the Census, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.