KENNEWICK, Wash.-- It seems that everyone is on the look out for scams, which isn't a bad thing, but there are legitimate phone calls and letters out there.
The Better Business Bureau has received many questions about calls, letters, or visits from the U.S. Census Bureau. B.B.B. representatives say there are real surveys being conducted by the Census Bureau. Some of those surveys are mandatory and required by law. Census Bureau representatives do ask questions that, to some, may seem a bit personal. They'll ask about the number of people in your house, your income, your heritage, and many other questions. B.B.B. representative Norma Miller says they will not ask for certain information. She says, "They're not going to ask you for account numbers, for your bank account, credit card account numbers. They don't need that, they're not interested in that. I do believe they ask you for your social security number however. "
She says you can get a good idea of whether or not it is a legitimate survey by what questions are asked. She also says don't be afraid to ask questions back if you're unsure who a caller or visitor is or who a letter is from. She also says it's better to be safe than sorry.
If want to find out if it's a true survey, you can call the National Processing Center at 866-226-2864.