American Community Survey: Avoiding A Scam

Since my January 8th post ranting on the way the US Census Bureau has been handling the (in my opinion, high intrusive) American Community Survey and failing to safeguard me from fraud and identify theft, the Census Bureau has rolled out a new home page with a link called Are You in a Survey?

This new web page gives the following information and advice:

  • The address that the American Community Survey response should be sent to, so you can verify that the data you provide is going directly to the Census Bureau.
  • If you have received a telephone call from someone at the Census Bureau, and you have any questions, you may speak directly via telephone or e-mail with an employee of the National Processing Center (at 1-866-226-2864).
  • If a person claiming to be from the Census Bureau comes to your door, ask to see their identification badge and a copy of the letter that was sent to you from the Census Bureau. And if you have any questions about their authenticity, call the National Processing Center.

All of this is good advice, and helps to ensure that your personal information is only going to authenticated, and authorized, individuals. Interestingly, these are all things I suggested in my recent posts. You think maybe someone at the US Census Bureau read my blog?

Comments:

Bob,

Yes, the Census Brutal probably does read blogs. They see that there are phishing concerns and more people are not responding. HOWEVER, having someone show you an identifation badge that can be purchased on the internet, and a copy of a letter they can fabricate is not enough. If the state police won't accept an employee issued ID, neither should you. You should only accept a driver's license, as they are harder to forge, and then you know exactly you will be telling that you will not talk to them. Simply, there is no ID that anyone can produce that should make you give them this personal information!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Tomas on March 24, 2008 at 01:06 PM EDT #

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