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Urgent warning issued over scam census emails.

AN URGENT warning has been issued over an email scam fraudulently linking itself to census demands. The email, in the name of National Statistician Jil Matheson, asks residents to hand over personal data including financial information.

The hoax email, entitled 'Population Census: a message to everyone - act now', claims the data is for census purposes and threatens fines for non-compliance.

But 2011 Census Director Glen Watson warned: This email is a scam and a hoax.

"It has no connection whatsoever with the National Statistician, the 2011 census or the Office for National Statistics.

"We believe the links in the email could download malware to any computer where the user clicks on the links.

"This could put your personal data, including financial information, at risk."

Mr Watson's warning is being echoed by North East trading standards watchdogs.

Jimmy Power, Northumberland County Council's business and consumer protection manager, said: "I repeat Mr Watson's advice that anyone receiving this, or similar emails, should delete them, not open any links and certainly not provide any information."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 7, 2012
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