Don’t fall victim to census scams

Once again we’re getting a lot of cases of Internet fraud. Nothing new, just the same old fundamental scam using different approaches.

Currently, census scams are naturally floating around.

Common scams involve telephone fraud and Internet “phishing” activities. There also are reports of scammers sending fake census surveys that include extra lines for personal or financial data. (You can check the real form online).

Here is the “clue” as we like to say: Real census requests DO NOT ask for financial information.

Phone scammers often start by being ultra-friendly and “official sounding” at the same time. They may say they’re calling to “verify” information the resident provided or to obtain more details. In fact, census workers rarely come back for more details.

If someone claims to be doing that, ask for their name, identity and request a government phone number to check the call’s legitimacy. (The real U.S. Census Bureau call center numbers are 301-763-4636 or 800-923-8282.)

Lookout for e-mails saying the resident did not complete the survey. The e-mails look official but anytime they go into personal financial information, they’re fake.

When it comes to Internet scams, there is nothing new about the approach. Don’t be gullible — or worse — greedy. Remember: If it seems too good to be true …

12 comments Add your comment

David S

April 22nd, 2010
7:37 am

If the real census just stuck to the constitutionally mandated question “How many people live at this address?” then this kind of scam would have no power. Once again, the government’s actions lay the groundwork for more problems and more abuse by the criminals. Just look at what the TARP and stimulus monies have done for the organized big business criminals in this country.


April 22nd, 2010
7:42 am

Scams are going to happen regardless of what a form’s content is. Humans have been scamming each other since the before times. That constitutionally mandated question can be easily twisted into a scam.


April 22nd, 2010
8:09 am

As far as I’m cncerned, the Census is a scam. They are entitled to know how many people in the household. As an American, I will gladly provide that information. I am uncomfortable providing anything else. I do not trust this administration. I am certain they are not concerned about me.


April 22nd, 2010
8:29 am

There is no specific question mandated by the Constitution. Read the document.

It allows for a counting of the population in a manner approved by Congress.

There is nothing sinister about the Census.


Grammar King

April 22nd, 2010
10:23 am

I am going to have to agree with Rival. What exactly is the argument opposing the census questions? Wouldn’t you want to see accurate demographic figures? The census has nothing to do with socialism…


April 22nd, 2010
1:15 pm

@Rival You are correct the Constitution does not mandate the specific question, but it does indicate what the census is for which is the allocation of congressional seats and electoral votes. It was never intended to allocate spending back to the states. So the real idiots are those who beleive that nonsense. Remember the constitution exists primarily to restrict governmental powers, not to grant rights (or money) to individuals

“Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish”


April 22nd, 2010
3:28 pm

I took offense at the questions asked: the form seemed specifically geared toward establishing how many non traditional (and by this i mean single family) homes are now in the U.S. It pissed me off, and it’s NONEYA who lives in my home and why. As for my district; my lack of participation will not matter one whit for my area.


April 22nd, 2010
3:40 pm

How come cops do’t have to adhere to traffic laws? That’s the real scam.

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April 24th, 2010
7:28 am

We received the short form for the census and I was disappointed. I was planning to really impress my descendents.

Pershing IIa

April 24th, 2010
5:10 pm

CFGVVA or Answer Me This………get over yourself, nobody cares about you anti-cop mantra.

Pershing IIa

April 24th, 2010
5:11 pm

Oooops……I meant to say YOUR not YOU.