[APG Public List] 2010 Census warnings
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG
Elissa at PowellGenealogy.com
Tue Jan 26 08:33:15 MST 2010
I believe there are people verifying addresses, but I don't think they are
knocking on doors (from what I have heard that friends are doing for the
census bureau). The census is being taken in April. If it is like 2000 they
will mail something to each household (perhaps why they are verifying
addresses) and for the ones that are not voluntarily returned, they will
send canvassers out. Got one on my doorstep for the guy across the street. I
told them what I knew, having just moved in myself. His descendants will not
be learning much from that set of answers! <g>
It is good to be cautious and I am looking forward to learning more about
how they are conducting this year's census.
Elissa Scalise Powell, CG
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I received the following "mass" email from a neighbor yesterday and would be
interested to hear anyone's comments about it. Some of the information on
here does match the information on the Census Bureau website and some does
not. Does anyone know if the Census Bureau has actually begun sending out
workers to verify addresses?
2010 Census Cautions from the Better Business Bureau
GOOD INFORMATION TO PASS ON TO EVERYBODY THAT YOU KNOW:
2010 Census to Begin
WARNING: 2010 Census Cautions from the Better Business Bureau
Be Cautious About Giving Info to Census Workers by Susan Johnson
With the U.S. Census process beginning, the Better Business Bureau
(BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a
victim of fraud or identity theft. The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census
is under way as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households
across the country. Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will
count every person in the United States and will gather information about
every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race, and
other relevant data.
The big question is - how do you tell the difference between a U.S. Census
worker and a con artist? BBB offers the following advice:
** If a U.S. 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. However, you should never invite anyone you don't know into your
** Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address
Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information
to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. . Census.
REMEMBER, NO MATTER WHAT THEY ASK, YOU REALLY ONLY NEED TO TELL THEM HOW
MANY PEOPLE LIVE AT YOUR ADDRESS..
While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a
YOU DON'T HAVE TO ANSWER ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION.
The Census Bureau will not ask for Social Security, bank account, or credit
card numbers, nor will employees solicit donations. Any one asking for that
information is NOT with the Census Bureau.
AND REMEMBER, 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 Email
scams impersonating the Census.
Never click on a link or open any attachments in an Email that are
supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau.
PLEASE SHARE THIS INFO WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
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