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Welcome to our Census Scam Alert Center

From government and infrastructure to education and healthcare, the information provided by the 2010 Census is an important way to help the nation. Census takers will begin going door-to-door in late April. Equifax asks that you help our country by filling out this vital information. But we also want to help you take a proactive stance against identity thieves by offering you our Best in Class identity protection at our lowest price ever.

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Census Scams

Census ScamsIt's important to know what information the Census Bureau will never ask you for in order to determine what inquiries could be scams. The Census Bureau never asks for:

  • Your full Social Security Number
  • PIN codes
  • Passwords
  • Bank-account numbers
  • Credit card information
  • Any other personal financial information
  • Money or donations
  • Political affiliation

One of the most significant scams predicted for this year's Census involves “phishing” — the fraudulent effort to acquire sensitive personal information via e-mail by claiming to be a trustworthy entity. You should know that the Census Bureau does NOT conduct the 2010 Census via the Internet nor does it send emails about participating in the 2010 Census. If you receive an e-mail fraudulently claiming to need private information for the Census, don't open any attachments or click any links. Simply report it to the Census Fraud Department by forwarding the e-mail or Website URL to itso.fraud.reporting@census.gov. The Bureau will investigate the information and notify you of its findings. You can learn more about the Census by visiting http://www.census.gov.

Also, remain vigilant for Census-related scams both through the postal mail and in person. Some cases of fraud have already occurred; several senior citizens in Illinois received letters claiming to be from the Census Bureau asking for their credit card information. If you receive a letter you find suspicious, please contact the United States Postal Inspection Service.

Additionally, Census takers will have several forms of identification and will gladly present these to you. They are also trained to do business outside the door, so take caution if anyone asks to enter your home. Simply knowing what to look for can help you protect yourself.

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What to Look For

What to Look ForAny request for census information from the Census Bureau will be clearly marked as coming from the U.S. Census Bureau and as “Official Business” of the United States. If you are unsure that the form you receive is the official 2010 Census, feel free to contact your regional census office. Once census takers are dispatched to houses, there may be some thieves impersonating government employees. Here are some simple ways to identify a legitimate census taker:

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How the Census Works

How the Census WorksEvery 10 years, the Census is conducted to determine how to distribute government funds to communities and to ensure each state has the proper number of political representatives. The questionnaire consists of ten non-personal questions addressing issues like name, gender, age, race, etc. The forms are mailed to households in March and, if not returned, Census takers begin going door to door to obtain the information in late April. Since many people are unfamiliar with the Census due to its infrequency, it's the perfect opportunity for identity thieves to con people out of their personal information.

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