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Scammers have found the August 9th Census as a new opportunity to con people to share their personal details.
The Herald Sun reported that ‘professional’ sounding people were making telephone calls to home offering help to complete the census.
The report states that this ‘scam’ involves a phone call from private number, where the person impersonates self as a Census worker from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The person then claims that ‘due to all the problems with census’, they are willing to help out with the form over the phone.
“We just need some basic details such as you name, date of birth, address and licence number.”
The scammer then promises to call back on census night to confirm all the details for the online form.
THERE ARE ONLY TWO WAYS TO COMPLETE THE CENSUS - ONLINE OR ON PAPER. BEWARE OF THE PEOPLE WHO CALL ON YOUR NUMBER CLAIMING TO BE CENSUS OFFICERS.
Australian Bureau of Statistics confirmed to Herald Sun that they do not call homes on telephone to complete the census.
Census Victoria director Annette Kelly said anybody needing help with the Census should ask a trusted family member or friend.
She said Census field officers can be identified from their signed ABS identification cards which they carry at all times when conducting Census duties and they also carry bright yellow satchels.
August 9 census is expected to be Australia’s biggest ever online event, with more than 15 million people expected to complete census online.