This warning was shared with me recently and shares some excellent tips on avoiding any related scams that may materialize. It is important to know your rights and what to expect in this process. During March 2010, questionaires will be mailed to every household in the USA. If these are completed and returned promptly, census takers will not need to visit your residence to collect this information.
2010 Census - Better Business Bureau Safety Tips
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US Census - How it works and what to expect
QUOTE: Over the next 18 months, 1.4 million U.S. Census workers will be surveying the population of the country to gather demographic information about everyone living here. As the 2010 census process begins, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises citizens to cooperate carefully in order to avoid becoming a victim of census-related scams. Citizens are required by law to respond to the U.S. Census Bureau’s requests for information. Census data will be used in allocation of more than $300 billion in federal funds as well as in determining the number of Congressional representatives that each state is allowed.
The BBB offers the following advice to help distinguish between bona fide Census workers and con artists:
•U.S. Census workers will have identification, a handheld device and a confidentiality notice. Caution: never invite strangers into your home.
•U.S. Census workers will not ask for your Social Security number or any information about bank or credit card accounts.
•U.S. Census workers will not ask you for money or say that you owe money.
•U.S. Census workers will not harass or intimidate you.
•U.S. Census workers will not contact you by email – only by phone, by mail or in person.