We posted some information a few weeks ago about the upcoming Census and if you're like most of us, we're pretty cautions about who and how much information you give out. Especially, given the technological age we live in, anybody can sound legitimate but they may not be. We felt it was important once again to remind you of some pertinent details that might help put your mind at ease:
While you are advised to be cooperative, you should also be very cautious, so as not to become a victim
of fraud or identity theft.
FYI: The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is under
way as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the
country. Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will count every
person in the United States and will gather information about every person
living at each address including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant
HOW DO YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A U.S. CENSUS WORKER AND A CON-ARTIST?
- If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a
hand held device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice.
Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their
questions. NEVER INVITE ANYONE YOU DON'T KNOW INTO YOUR HOME!
- Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address
information. Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking
information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. Census.
REMEMBER, NO MATTER WHAT THEY ASK, YOU REALLY ONLY NEED TO TELL THEM HOW
MANY PEOPLE LIVE AT YOUR ADDRESS.
- Also, keep in mind that even though they will ask for basic financial information, YOU DON'T HAVE TO ANSWER ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT YOUR FINANCIAL
SITUATION or GIVE THEM YOUR SALARY.
- The Census Bureau will not ask for Social Security, bank
account, or credit card numbers, nor will employees solicit donations. Any
one asking for that information is NOT with the Census Bureau.
AND REMEMBER, THE CENSUS BUREAU HAS DECIDED NOT TO WORK WITH ACORN ON
GATHERING THIS INFORMATION. No Acorn worker should approach you saying
he/she is with the Census Bureau.
Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail, or in person
at home. However, the Census Bureau will not contact you by E- mail, so be
on the lookout for E-mail scams impersonating the Census.
Never click on a link or open any attachments in an E-mail that are
supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau.
We would appreciate it if you forward and SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. For more updates regarding this topic and local issues, we invite you to subscribe to our BLOG.
Chris & Maria Jeantet
Redding, CA Residential Real Estate
1801 Buenaventura Blvd.
Redding, CA 96003