The U.S. Census Bureau is warning of phishing and other scams that are using the 2010 Census as bait. Here is the warning from the bureau’s web site:
If you are contacted for any of the following reasons — Do Not Participate. It is NOT the U.S. Census Bureau.
‘Phishing’ is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, social security numbers, bank account or credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Phishing is typically carried out by email and it often directs users to enter sensitive information at a fake web site whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one.
— The Census Bureau does NOT conduct the 2010 Census via the Internet
— The Census Bureau does not send emails about participating in the 2010 Census
The Census Bureau never:
— Asks for your full social security number
— Asks for money or a donation
— Sends requests on behalf of a political party
— Requests PIN codes, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.
More Census Bureau info on scams here.