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Beware of Fake Census Agents

 

2020 Census Scam: How It Works

The new census in the United States is just about to start in a few weeks time, while Canada, UK and Australia have theirs scheduled for 2021. In the United States, the event takes place every 10 years, so many people are excited to find out the new numbers after April this year. However, crooks came into the game as well. Both online and on the streets. How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see the Census 2020 Scam exposed:

2020 Census Scam Video

There have been reports that several fake census websites with Government logos popped up online, asking for pre-registration and personal information, in anticipation for the event. Also, unsolicited fake letters come to the mail - and they appear very official, so beware. How do they look like?

On the other hand, as we are approaching April, beware of questionable people walking around the neighborhoods pretending to be Government agents making the count. Carrying a bunch of papers and fake badges, they get the victims' trust, especially since they are expected to show up. 

They will ask you to give your full personal information (including Social Security or Insurance Number), which is never required for a census count.

 

2020 Census Scam: How To Avoid

When you know there is going to be a census, find out exactly how it is being conducted. Here are the official links for the United States, Canada, UK and Australia.

If "census officers" turn up at your door, inspect their ID properly – don't let them just flash it at you from far away. If you are still doubtful, ask them to wait while you telephone the Census Office to check they were due in your area that day. And if they ask for your Insurance or Social Security Number, phone the police.

 

2020 Census Scam: How To Report

Warn your family and friends about the Census Scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report To The FTC Here

 

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