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Beware Census Fraud

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The federal government is hiring thousands of workers to make sure that you get counted in the 2010 census. And you can count on criminals to use the 2010 census to try to scam you or your neighbor. The Better Business Bureau is warning people to be on the lookout for suspicious behavior from someone who knocks at your door and claims to be a census worker. Here are some important facts to keep in mind.

A legit census worker will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag and a confidentiality notice.

They will not ask for your social security number, credit card or other banking information. A census worker may ask for your salary range, but will not ask for private financial information.

Census workers may come to your door or contact you by phone or the mail but they will not email you. Any email that claims to be from the Census Bureau is a scam.

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