Recently, a concerned Texan received a letter that appeared to be a Census form. The recipient said that the form asked for her Social Security number, which she provided on her completed form.
A few days later, the woman received another Census form – but this form did not ask for her Social Security number. She realized that the first letter was likely a fraudulent attempt to obtain her personal information and steal her identity.
Texans should remember that the official 2010 Census questionnaire asks 10 questions – none of which request personal financial information such as bank or credit card numbers or Social Security numbers.
No official census information will be collected via e-mail, so anyone who receives an e-mail that appears to come from the U.S. Census should be cautious. These are very likely fraudulent e-mails unlawfully seeking recipients’ personal information.
In the coming weeks, Census workers will begin walking door-to-door in residential areas in order to verify certain Census information. Census Bureau employees will be clearly identified with a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag and a confidentiality notice.
Texans who think they may have completed and returned fraudulent census forms should file a report with local law enforcement and contact the credit bureaus to secure a fraud alert