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 …