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2010 US Census
Posted on Jan 12th, 2010

The 2010 US Census Bureau employees will be walking or driving through neighborhoods to check that all addresses are in the Census Bureau’s database so Census questionnaires can be delivered to residents in March 2010. The Better Business Bureau advises people to be cooperative, but cautions, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft. The big question is how do you tell the difference between a Census worker and a con artist? The BBB offers the following advice:
  • If a Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions.
  • Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information.
  • Do not give your social security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the Census.
  • While the Census Bureau may ask you for basic financial information such as salary information, you do not have to answer anything at all about your financial situation.
  • The Census Bureau has decided not to work with Acorn on gathering this information. No Acorn worker should approach you saying he/she is with the Census Bureau.
  • Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail, or in person at home. However, the Census Bureau will not contact you by email, so be on the lookout for scams impersonating the Census Bureau.
  • Never click on a link or open any attachments in an email that are supposedly from the Census Bureau.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office states that all census employees should have the proper identification and equipment on them. If they do not have the proper identification and equipment and appear to be suspicious in nature, please call the non-emergency number for the Sheriff’s Office, 303-660-7500. If you have questions regarding the Census you may contact the Census Bureau offices in Lakewood at 303-406-7000 or Colorado Springs at 719-234-0410. More information about the 2010 Census is available at www.census.gov.