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DA Warns Of Census Scam Asking For Personal Information

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey warned Friday that scammers are sending emails claiming to be U.S. Census Bureau representatives asking for Social Security information and bank account and credit card account numbers.

"While this year's census is taking place, be careful that your information doesn't get into the wrong hands," Lacey said in a video message posted in connection with her office's weekly #FraudFriday alert. "Scammers may use this opportunity to try and steal your personal information."

Lacey cautioned people to be aware of emails that are from someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau.

"While you can complete the census online, the Census Bureau won't send unsolicited emails and will never ask for your Social Security number or bank or credit card details or ask for money or donations," Lacey said. "And if you happen to get an email like this, just delete it. Do not click on any links or open any attachments."

She also cautioned people to verify the identity of people going door-to-door and claiming to be with the U.S. Census Bureau and by making sure they have a valid identification with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and valid expiration date.

Anyone who has further questions about a worker's identity can contact the U.S. Census Bureau at 844-330-2020.

The public is urged to call local law enforcement agency if the person claiming to be a U.S. Census Bureau worker does not actually work for the agency.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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