Identity Theft Alerts

identity theft alerts

(The following information is provided on the US-CERT website, for additional alerts and information, please click here)

“U.S. Census Bureau 2010 Census Campaign Warning"

added March 3, 2010 at 11:21 am

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:

North Valley Tip of the Month!

For many of us e-mail, texting and social networking have become our primary means of communication with our friends, family and even co-workers. Unfortunately the immediate ability to reach millions has also made it easier for criminals to target the masses and your identity. One of the methods most commonly used online to steal your information is called “phishing”. Phishing often refers to e-mails and/or text messages sent by criminals, posing to be a legitimate company or organization. These messages often prompt the user to visit a fake website in order to obtain their personal information.  Phishing attempts have become more advanced and increasing difficult to distinguish between legitimate advertisements and attempted fraud. To help protect your identity:

  • Do not reply to an email, text, or pop-up message that asks for personal or financial information, and do not click on links in the message. If you want to go to a bank or business's website, type the web address into your browser yourself.
  • Do not respond if you get a message – by email, text, pop-up or phone – that asks you to call a phone number to update your account or give your personal information to access a refund. If you need to reach an organization with which you do business, call the number on your financial statement, or use a telephone directory
    • Look for common items within the e-mail such as:
      • Typos, grammatical and spelling errors
      • Links to unfamiliar URLs
      • Urgent language(requesting you act quickly)
      • Requests for personal information