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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/12371/the-difference-between-a-scam-and-the-real-thing-is-unclear/

The Difference Between a Scam and the Real Thing is Unclear

April 2, 2010 by

Skip Oliva points me to this census irony.

{ 4 comments }

Challengerek April 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm

How safe might be a database which can be viewed by 1,800 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies?

Know the differences April 2, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Some other differences to help tell the difference:

- The real thing will threaten you with fines or imprisonment if you don’t give your information. The scams will merely request such information.

- The real thing will ensure you get your fair share of government money. The scams will merely take from you.

- The real thing will not share any of your information with any other agencies. The scams will merely claim to keep it private, while really misusing it.

- The real thing will send you at least three mailings. The scams have to skimp on only one mailing or visit.

SirThinkALot April 2, 2010 at 8:56 pm

On another note: Can somebody explain to me why the news media is making such a big deal about the Census this time around? I mean I’m not a huge fan of being forced to divulge information to the government, but I didn’t see anything overly personal or objectionable on the form. Did they make such a big deal last time it was taken(and I somehow miss it)? Or is it because conservitives have taken it upon themselves to object to EVERYTHING that the Obama administration does?

newson April 3, 2010 at 2:36 am

at times it pays to cheer when the bad say good things.

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