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Beware of Census Scams

February 18th, 2010 by flanews

State officials are asking Floridians to be on the lookout for census scammers.

The official count begins next month. Census workers will be mailing out forms asking your age, race, and whether you rent or own, but not personal information like your social security number or bank account. Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charlie Bronson says people asking for those numbers are trying to rip you off.

If people are asking anybody for their social security number or any of those things, you dont want to give them that information that can lead people to steal your identity. If they want to know what your name is, if they come and say theyre with the census, you are going to get mailed a lot of things you can fill out and send back. Just make sure its an official mailing and not some scam artist, said Bronson.

Mailers will go out in mid-March. If you dont send the mailer back, a census worker will stop by your house. All workers are required to wear a badge with the US Department of Commerce Bureau of Census Seal on it. So look for the seal.

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