Watch Out for Census Scams!

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Some things stay the same in spite of our crazy times. Every 10 years, the United States residents are asked to partake in a Census survey. The census is a procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of the US population. The census is crucial for international statistics, and censuses collect data on many attributes of a population, not just how many people there are.

According to the law, each household is required to complete the census survey. Unfortunately, that means cybercriminals now have a new opportunity for social engineering scams.

Scammers might send emails or other messages that appear to come from the U.S. Census Bureau, or they might even pose as official Census Bureau workers and show up at your door!

During this census season, keep the following tips in mind so you can safeguard your household’s sensitive information:

  • If you receive an email to complete the 2020 Census survey, delete it! The U.S. Census Bureau will only send the official survey notification by mail, or if your survey response is late, an official Census Bureau worker may come to your home to ensure you have received the census.
  • If a Census Bureau worker visits your home, verify that they are who they claim to be. A valid ID badge should have the worker’s photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. If you’re still unsure, call your Regional Census Center and speak with a Census Bureau representative.
  • Remember, the Census Bureau will never ask for the following: your Social Security number, your bank account or credit card numbers, anything on behalf of a political party, donations, or money.

If you need assistance with Managed IT Services or Security Services, give EnhancedTECH a call at 714-970-9330 or reach us at [email protected]

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Samantha Keller
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