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Beware of fake census people everyone!!!!

Posted by on Apr. 1, 2010 at 1:37 PM
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Man scammers just never sleep!


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Beware of fake census workers, officials say

Staff photo by ANTHONY ALLRED
The Clearwater census office manager shows off the bag and ID  badge every legitimate census worker will have that shows up at your  door.



LARGO - U.S. Census Bureau forms are arriving in Bay area mailboxes this week. It's part of the government's once-a-decade head count. Census officials are encouraging residents to take 10 minutes to fill out the form and mail it back.

Those who fail to do so can expect a visit by a Census worker to collect the information on the form.

That's where scammers could cause trouble. Consumer advocates are warning people to be on the lookout for fake census employees.

"I think a lot of times, senior citizens are preyed on,'' said Pinellas County consumer services investigator Anna Marie Millett. "But anybody can fall victim."

You don't have to tell that to Largo residents Ron and Shirley Petcher. Both said they are on guard for scams involving the census.

"No banking information, no credit card information should be given because it has nothing to do with money," said Shirley Petcher.

All workers will be carrying a canvas tote with a U.S. Census Bureau logo on the side. In addition, workers will carry an identification badge. One thing conspicuously absent from the badge is a photo.

Residents who question the authenticity of a worker can call the Census bureau to verify a worker is genuine.

Shirley Petcher has a plan if a fake census worker comes to her door.

"If they ask you for something, just close that door," she said, "and just say 'Sorry, you're the wrong person to be asking.' "




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klynn80
by on Apr. 1, 2010 at 1:41 PM

why would anyone give credit card/bank info to a person counting the number of residents in their home?  do people just not know what the census is?

misssy2000
by Ruby Member on Apr. 1, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Sometimes older people can easily be convinced to do things or people who doesn't understand stuff. You would be surprised. I was watching tv and a man with altimers was cons out of 2000$ for a vacuum cleaner and they took his other vacuum that was really expensive. Some people know this and keep on pushing and the people give in.

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why would anyone give credit card/bank info to a person counting the number of residents in their home?  do people just not know what the census is?





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