Caution for Seniors

As time for the 2010 census approaches, seniors are cautioned to be extra careful about talking with strangers who come to their door. Every census worker will have a badge, handheld devise and a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentially notice. Ask to see these items before answering any questions. People should be cooperative, but cautious and NEVER invite anyone you don’t know into your home.

Census workers will soon be knocking on doors to verify address information. Do not give anyone your Social Security number, credit card or banking information. Census workers will not ask for this personal information. The only thing they may need is your basic salary range, so do not give other information. Census workers may contact you by phone, mail or in person at home, but never by e-mail.

Never click on a link or open any attachments in an email that are supposedly from the U. S. Census Bureau. Be careful and avoid identity theft and fraud from people posing as census takers.