US-CERT asks users to be vigilant during the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 Census campaign and to watch for potential census scams.
According to the U.S. Census 2010 website, they began delivery of the printed census forms to every resident in the United States on March 1, 2010. The only way to complete the census is by filling in the form using pen and ink; in some instances, census takers will be visiting households to complete the form face-to-face. It is important to understand that the U.S. Census Bureau will not, under any circumstances, be providing an online option to complete the 2010 census form.
US-CERT encourages all residents in the United States to take the following measures to protect themselves:
- Review available information about the 2010 U.S. Census on the website.
- Familiarize yourself with what information the U.S. Census Bureau is collecting on the census form.
- Do not follow unsolicited web links of attachments in email messages.
- Refer to the Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams (pdf) document for more information on avoiding email scams.
- Refer to the Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks document for more information on social engineering attacks.