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Dallas Attorney On How To Protect Yourself From Fraudulent Census Bureau Workers.

April 26, 2010

Well a new decade has arrived and this means one thing……….the United States Census Bureau workers will begin knocking on our doors.

The general rule is to never give strangers your personal information. But assisting officials in getting an accurate 2010 U.S. Census Bureau count is an important exception. More than 140,000 census workers are charged with counting every person in the United States. The first step is a survey that household residents will receive in March. If the surveys are not returned, residents will be telephoned or visited by census workers. The goal is to gather information such as name, age, gender, and race of each person living at each address.

It’s important that each area’s population is accurately recorded. More than $435 billion in federal funds are distributed across the United States every year based on the population count. In addition, congressional redistricting hinges on decennial figures. All census information collected, including addresses, is confidential and protected by law.

How can you tell if you are talking to a legitimate census worker and not a con artist? It is important to follow these guidelines from the Better Business Bureau:

  • If it’s a U.S. census worker knocking on your door, he or she will be wearing a badge and carrying a Census Bureau canvas bag, a confidentiality notice, and a computer equipped with GPS software to reduce the number of geographic coding errors created by using paper maps. Ask to see the individual’s identification and badge before answering any questions.
  • While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, it will not ask for Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers.
  • Do not pay any cash or checks to the census workers. Census workers to not solicit any donations.
  • Census workers will not contact you by e-mail, so be on the lookout for e-mail scams in which someone claims to represent the Census Bureau. Never click on a link or open any attachments in an e-mail that are supposedly from the Census Bureau.

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