BBB: Avoid Scammers Posing as 2010 Census Bureau Workers
DATA PROTECTION—U.S.February 17, 2010
The U.S. Census 2010 is underway and, already, state law enforcement officials say scammers are posing as Census Bureau employees to solicit donations and Social Security numbers. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is advising people to cooperate but use caution when providing personal data to solicitors. The bureau is offering advice on how to differentiate a scammer from one of the 140,000 legitimate Census Bureau employees. "Unfortunately, scammers know that the public is more willing to share personal data when taking part in the census and they have an opportunity to ply their trade by posing as a government employee and soliciting sensitive financial information," a BBB spokesman said.