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2010 Census - Complete it promptly and stay safe from potential scams

If you want to avoid a personal visit by a US Census representative at your residence, it is important to comply with all instructions.  Please complete the form accurately and mail it back within a day or two, so that you don't forget it.  I just received my forms yesterday and have almost completed them for a family of four.  It takes about 5 minutes per person, as I'm trying to write neatly as well. 

Please avoid any emails or websites that claim you can complete the Census there.  Even in 2010, the US Census strictly operates by US mail or through official census takers only.   Below are 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.  Questionnaires have been mailed to every registered addressed in the United States.  If these are completed accurately and returned promptly, census takers will not need to visit your residence to collect this information.

Person 2010 Census - Better Business Bureau Safety Tips
http://vawest.bbb.org/article/bbb-offers-advice-on-how-to-identify-legitimate-census-workers-12923

Person US Census Home Page
http://www.census.gov/

Person US Census - How it works and what to expect
http://2010.census.gov/2010census/how/index.php

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.

PersonUS Census 2010 - Be careful of online Fraud
http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/us-census-2010-don-t-be-counted-victim-online-fraud

QUOTE: The Census Bureau will not be the only ones trying to get our attention and encouraging us to help them collect data. Cybercriminals will be doing the same thing. But they’ll be trying to fool us into thinking they are the Census Bureau. And the data they’ll be collecting will be a little different. It will be personal information they can use to rip us off.

Comments

Robert said:

Someone pointed out that you technically have to "guess" what your actual information will be on 4/1/2010...

# March 17, 2010 11:23 AM

Harry Waldron said:

Excellent point PA Bear ... Yes, hopefully we're all still here on April 1st :-)

# March 17, 2010 12:18 PM