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1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5886)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 3:55 PM

2010 CENSUS UNITED STATES

I'm sure that all of you know this but it never hurts to be cautious.


WARNING: 2010 Census Cautions from the Better Business Bureau

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 home.

** 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 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 salary range,
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.





lowiq
Lowiq  (Level: 205.0 - Posts: 1943)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 4:01 PM

Like you say...can't be too careful. Thanks for posting.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 4:41 PM

I would emphasize that this has nothing to do with the official, sanctioned and mandatory Smaug Breast Documentation Count And Photographic Census.

bigmama60
Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 5:00 PM

Thanks for the info.

cujgie
Cujgie  (Level: 173.7 - Posts: 754)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 5:48 PM

FYI -- Public libraries are one of the sites for training and testing potential job candidates for the upcoming U.S. Census. These PT, temporary jobs pay $17.50 per hour and will involve searching out stragglers in the data collection process. Workers will be contacting residents some time near April 2010.

mickeym
Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Sat, 9th Jan '10 10:11 PM

Say hey, here's the facts....
Every address will get a simple census form....ten questions. NOONE should be asking you anything if you fill out that form and mail it in! The census people will only visit people who didn't mail it in, and they can only ask the questions on the form.
You can look at the form right now (not fill it in) at http://2010.census.gov/2010census/how/interactive-form.php
Hope the papers and TV get across this message so the cons don't have a field day!
Ann



bokeelia
Bokeelia  (Level: 188.1 - Posts: 114)
Tue, 12th Jan '10 1:43 AM

I've been doing some census work on the side and your info isn't all correct. The handheld devices you referred to have been destroyed, they proved to be inaccurate. Also the badges carried by census workers have no picture, they are very generic looking. Here it is 2010 and most of the census is being done with pencil and paper.


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