Skip to comments.Advice from the Better Business Bureau about the 2010 Census
Posted on 01/24/2010 4:05:24 PM PST by STONEWALLS
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 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.
For more advice on avoiding identity theft and fraud, visit www.bbb.org
PLEASE SHARE THIS INFO WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
Thanks for posting this. I’m hoping that I won’t have to deal with the long form, I never have in the past.
what about posting all the questions so they can be printed out and asked of the census worker when they show up?
if they expect private citizens to answer...they should be willing to answer.......
None of this is required by the consitution. The government already has this information. My house is listed at the county clerk, IRS has my name and the name of the taxpayers in my home. My children are listed with the school district. I have no intention of answering any of it.
Thanks for the information.
I don’t plan on participating anyway. As far as I’m concerned, the census IS a con job.
I always put down Native American... since I was born here.
beauuuuuuuutiful...an honest answer to a bogus question.
LOL that’s a great answer
When they ask for race I always answer human.
Without brandishing or threatening in any way, in jurisdictions where private possession of firearms is allowed on one’s property, can one answer the door and talk with census workers or others with a firearm in plain sight - once again, without brandishing or threatening in any manner?
Might keep shenanigans to a minimum, it seems to me.
So, is the etiquette to lower the gun after the Acorn worker shows his badge, or his ID?
2 white adults, one of each.
4 male dependents, 3 white, one black.
If they want ask me for certain information then I will ask them for their ID, name and address, if they have ever worked for ACORN or ever been arrested.
Seems only fair.
“Phony BBB E-mail Spreads Fiction about 2010 Census; Get the Facts”
One woman I know, when asked how many in her household, replied 2...herself and Barney. Barney, however, is a dog. Our pets are part of the household too, aren’t they?
>>”...can one answer the door and talk with census workers or others with a firearm in plain sight...”<<
Why do that unless you want to be added to their list as a possible terrorist/evil gun owner? No offense, but a dumb idea. The less they know about you the better off you are.
I like irishtenor’s idea and will use it this time around.
Another FWIW: I’ve heard some people have received (within the past 6 months) their forms...to this day I haven’t received anything and am hoping that nothing arrives. The last census form I received was long form....I did not complete; the one prior to that, was a census worker ‘on foot’ and I basically threatened (in a light hearted manner of course) and did not answer anything other than number of individuals in the house...period.
“Our pets are part of the household too, arent they?”
My 4 fur babies certainly are a part of the household. Hey, it’s not like I’m claiming them on my 1040 or anything...
I wonder, should I count my other babies... Winchester, Remington, Saiga, AK, Tristar, PK, Walther and Colt? I have a feeling that their votes are going to be more important than mine and CDBear’s in the near future.
When they ask for sex... I say “Shhhh, the wife’s inside. Meet me at the usual place.” Leave them confused, that’s what I say.
The Census is Safe
No mention of the long form.
How come they say 10 questions, when I count 7?
I did hear somewhere that the census people were not going to use the long form like they had back in 2000. Frankly, even these few questions are too many in my opinion.
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