North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services
Senior Fraud Alert: Census Scams
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Government officials are warning consumers to be wary of marketers and scam artists who would use this year’s Census as a cover for their efforts. Members of the Task Force already have expressed concerns that companies and political groups are using the word “Census” in their mailings and pitches in order to generate donations, purchases or interest in their causes. Others in the Task Force have warned of possible attempts to commit identity theft or to gain entry into seniors’ homes for purposes of distraction theft.
The Attorney General recently issued the following tips for recognizing official census takers and avoiding phony census schemes:
Learn how to avoid Census scams
Starting in March, the U.S. Census Bureau began reaching out to every household in the U.S. to gather information for the 2010 Census. The Census Bureau will contact U.S. citizens by mail, phone and in person to gather information.
Unfortunately, scam artists may pretend to be with the Census to try to steal your financial information. To protect yourself from fraud, here are some important things to know:
If you think you’ve been the victim of a scam related to the Census, please call Attorney General Roy Cooper’s Consumer Protection Division for assistance at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM. For more information on how to protect yourself from scams, visit us at www.ncdoj.gov.
The federal government issued a similar warning on Friday. It can be found at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2010/04/census-scam.shtm
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Date: April 6, 2010
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