Scammers are using the Census to fleece people of their details

Scammers are using the Census to swindle unsuspecting Aussies of their information.

Scammers are using the Census to fleece people of their details

Callers claiming to be from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) are using the Census to swindle personal information from unsuspecting Australians.

Scammers are calling Australians and stating that, due to the problems with the 2016 Census, they are available to help them complete their forms over the phone.

“We just need some basic details such as your name, date of birth, address and licence number,” they ask.

Many older Australians who have requested paper Census forms – either because of their discomfort using computers or distrust of the system – would seemingly be prime targets for this type of ‘phishing’ scam.

Many of these calls occurred prior to Census night on 9 August, with scammers then promising to phone back to help fill out the form.

The ABS has confirmed that it will not phone anyone to complete the Census over the phone, saying that anyone who needs help should ask a trusted family member or friend.

Census workers and field officers should also be clearly identifiable with an ID badge and a bright yellow satchel.

Have you received any calls about the Census? Are you aware of this scam?

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    KB
    17th Aug 2016
    11:16am
    No but it is good to know so people can pass onto friends and family members. This is why we need to return to paper so as to avoid these type of scams.
    Retired Knowall
    17th Aug 2016
    5:34pm
    How is going back to paper form going to stop these scams?
    Eliza
    17th Aug 2016
    12:37pm
    Why is this not put on the news ... morning noon and night ...
    Not everyone reads this site or has or can use the Internet.
    The ABS should make sure this information ... warning is OUT THERE.
    CindyLou
    17th Aug 2016
    6:04pm
    Agree - should be publicised to protect the vulnerable as it seems some people get easily tricked.
    PlanB
    17th Aug 2016
    12:54pm
    The more I see and hear of how this Government are handling EVERYTHING the more it proves to me they are totally incapable
    roy
    17th Aug 2016
    7:41pm
    I think the Labor lot would have done a terrific job as long as they could borrow and spend as usual.
    PlanB
    18th Aug 2016
    7:13am
    Well fred -- at least they don't sell off the bloody country and the assets
    HarrysOpinion
    17th Aug 2016
    1:16pm
    One way to check if the 'ABS' caller is genuine is to ask them to confirm ten digit number above the 'bar-code' and your address printed on the form. If you didn't write the number down just ask them to tell YOU what address they have. Every form is addressed " TO THE RESIDENT" with the resident's address. Then tell them that you will ring ABS to verify that the caller is genuine. DON"T PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE. Call 1300 214 531
    PlanB
    17th Aug 2016
    3:38pm
    You know what I do with things addressed to the RESIDENT --
    I chuck them in the shredder
    HarrysOpinion
    18th Aug 2016
    8:20am
    That's your foolish problem then!!!
    MICK
    17th Aug 2016
    2:41pm
    Gee leon I thought the Census itself was a scam. Eh Gad....even Nick Xenophon does not like it.
    CindyLou
    17th Aug 2016
    6:01pm
    No...people should tell any suspect caller to go to hell. Be aggressive.
    roy
    17th Aug 2016
    9:10pm
    I blame Mrs Thatcher.
    red 1
    17th Aug 2016
    7:09pm
    So WHY is a woman wearing a bhuka style head wear shown in this article???
    roy
    17th Aug 2016
    7:44pm
    Because it's a man really and he is going to rob a bank or mug somebody.
    Anonymous
    17th Aug 2016
    8:31pm
    The rule in this household is if we get a "cold call" we give no information out at all.

    Listen to what is said...tell them we will ring the company/government department concerned to verify the information and we do not use a telphone number provided by them.

    Look it up in the phone book or online.
    cheryl ann
    18th Aug 2016
    12:43pm
    red1 looks like a balaclava to me you know what bad guys and robbers wear

    18th Aug 2016
    9:50pm
    Why is the census taker wearing a burkini

    Its should be banned
    Pamiea
    20th Aug 2016
    1:22pm
    It seems to me we have all been tricked by the Liberal Government. The census is like the Australian card which they tried to introduce years ago. In years gone by they didn't request your name. I bet they link details with Centrelink etc. I am also wondering if the Liberal Government pursue any refund of the $10million paid to IBM for the stuff ups with the census! Probably not I would suggest. Just pay out mega bucks more for an enquiry into it. What a joke!!!


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