You can't stop hearing about the US Census. There are signs on the street, ads on the radio and surveys filling up your mailbox. On May 1st, census takers will begin going to door-to-door to roughly 48 million households that did not mail back their census forms.
As much as the government wants you to respond, Uncle Sam also wants you to be careful who you turn over your personal information to. It could be a scam!
It's incredibly important that you answer the US Census. Accurate population information helps the Federal government allocate money to your state for dozens of important projects like schools, road construction and even funding for health studies.
But how can you tell if you're falling for a census scheme? Remember these tips:
*The US Census Bureau never asks for Social Security numbers.
*The Census never asks for credit card or bank account information.
*And it never contacts people by e-mail or conducts surveys online.
Federal Census takers will knock on your door if you don't mail in a survey. Click here for important tips on how to know if it's really the government knocking or if it's a con artist.
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