The 2010 U.S. Census survey will be mailed to all U.S. residents in mid-March, opening the door to con artists who will use the program as an opportunity to swindle people out of their money and their identity.
The U.S. Better Business Bureau, in Arlington, Va., warns consumers to be on guard for online and in-person Census fraudsters in the coming months, says spokeswoman Alison Southwick.
The Census questionnaire asks 10 questions, none involving personal financial information such as bank account or credit card numbers or your Social Security number.
"We are warning people to beware of phishing e-mails that purport to be from the Census Bureau, (as well as) phone calls, knocks on the door and mail, basically all forms of contact where people are asked for financially sensitive information such as their Social Security number or bank account numbers," says Southwick.
Read more about some ways that scammers may try to deceive you and what you should do in http://www.bankrate.com/finance/personal-finance/look-out-for-these-4-census-scams-1.aspx