Derlray Beach, FL (PRWEB) April 14, 2010
As the April 16 deadline for returning your US Census form nears, NationalCreditReport.com, a leader in credit monitoring services, reminds consumers to be proactive against credit fraud and identity theft scams when responding to the US Census.
"Identity thieves prey on people during census time because people think giving their personal information is the right thing to do," said Samuel S. Ambrose, Vice President of Marketing and Operations for NationalCreditReport.com. "Knowing how the US Census Bureau will collect this information and what will be asked is critical to prevent identity theft from US Census Bureau scams."
Ways to Prevent Identity Theft while participating in the US Census:
- Know what is being asked - there are just a few simple questions on the form. Do not fill out any forms asking for your Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers.
- If you receive a form via e-mail, it's a US Census Bureau scam. Only hard copy forms are being mailed and you will not receive any forms via e-mail.
- Return your form on time so you know you will not receive a visit from a census taker. Census taker imposters have already begun targeting innocent victims for US Census Bureau scams even though real census takers have not yet started to make visits.
- If you do receive a visit from a census taker, prevent identity theft from happening by requesting to see their official US Census Bureau identification. They have also been trained to acquire all information without needing to enter your home.
If you do suspect that you have fallen victim to a US Census Bureau scam, report it immediately to the US Census Bureau and local law enforcement if necessary. You should also check your credit report and consider subscribing to a credit monitoring service to check for potential identity theft.