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Beware Bogus Census Bureau Surveys
Victory State Bank, Staten Island's only community-based business bank, is alerting the public about scam artists portraying themselves as representatives of the U.S. Census Bureau.
The U.S. Census Bureau is the federal agency responsible for collecting data about the people and economy of the United States. It must collect some personal and demographic information from people and businesses to do this research.
The government agency explains that some scam artists may pretend they work for the U.S. Census Bureau in order to collect personal information about you to use for fraud, including stealing your identity.
Such scam artists, for example, may send you letters that seem like official letters from the U.S. Census Bureau, or they may come to your home to try to collect information about you.
The U.S. Census Bureau provides tips to help you spot and report these scams so you can avoid being a victim.
You may be the target of a scam if someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau asks you for certain information. The Census Bureau never asks for:
• Your full Social Security number
• Money or donations
• Anything on behalf of a political party
• Your full bank or credit card account numbers
• Your mother’s maiden name
What you can do
Should you suspect fraudulent activity, do the following:
If you get mail:
• Check that it is an official letter signed by a U.S. Census Bureau director.
• If you continue to question the authenticity of the letter or form call the Regional Office for your state to verify the household survey. For business surveys please visit the Census Bureau's Business Help Site or contact the National Processing Center.
If someone calls your household to complete a survey, call the Census Bureau's National Processing Center to verify the caller is a Census Bureau employee.
If someone visits your residence to complete a survey, check first for a valid U.S. Census Bureau ID badge; if you are still unsure then call the Regional Office for your state to verify you are in a legitimate survey and the visitor is a Census Bureau employee.
If you get an e-mail and think it is bogus:
• Do not reply, do not click on any links, and do not open any attachments.
• Delete the message. The Census Bureau will investigate and notify you of the findings.
About Victory State Bank
VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at www.VictoryStateBank.com.