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(KYMA, KECY)-The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns the community of the U.S. Census Job Recruiting Scams circling online.

BBB says scammers post about open census jobs on the web and social media, then ask to be paid fees for applications, training, and may request personal information.

The Census Bureau states they will never ask for your social security number, money, donations, or credit account numbers.

BBB Tips to Avoid Census Scams:

  • If consumers get mail they can check the return address is Jeffersonville, Indiana. If they continue to question the authenticity of the letter or form, potential victims can call the regional office for the state they are located in, to verify the household survey. For business surveys please visit our business help site or contact the National Processing Center to verify the caller is an actual employee.
  • If someone visits your residence to complete a survey, check first for a valid U.S. Census Bureau ID badge.
  • Never give out your personal information. Census takers will never ask for social security number, bank account number, credit card number, money or donations.
  • If something sounds suspicious, confirm it by calling the government agency directly or checking the government agency’s website. Don’t click on any links in an unexpected email. Instead, type the official URL into the browser or do a web search to find the right website or forward the email or website URL to the bureau at ois.fraud.reporting@census.gov
  • Don’t click, download or open anything that comes from an anonymous sender. This is likely an attempt to gain access to personal information or install malware on a computer.

If someone suspects “phishing” or other scams, contact the regional office for individual states or the National Processing Center, immediately, for verification and further instructions.

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Sumiko Keil

Sumiko Keil has served as the Digital Content Producer since March 2019.

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