Beware of scammers

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10 June 2016
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra time)

Beware of scammers

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is warning the community to be vigilant following recent reports of scammers making contact with members of the public via phone or email purporting to be from the ABS.

“Scammers have been reported making contact with people asking for personal information on behalf of the ABS,” said the ABS’ Andrew Henderson, Head of Office National Data Acquisition Centre.

"If you receive such a call or email, it is important that you verify that you have been contacted by a legitimate ABS officer on the ABS' official contact number: 1300 135 070.

“Privacy is paramount when it comes to our surveys. They are conducted under the authority of the Census and Statistics Act 1905 and comply with the requirements of the Privacy Act 1988.

The statistics collected are relied upon by many organisations including government bodies and are required for effective policy and infrastructure planning.

“The ABS does not ask survey participants to provide, or confirm, bank account details or tax file numbers. Data collection activity is not outsourced and the ABS does not disclose the information collected to anyone as stipulated by the Census and Statistics Act,” said Mr Henderson.

If people have contact with the ABS and are concerned about providing their personal information, they are encouraged to contact the ABS on 1300 135 070 (9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday to Friday).

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