2010 Census Cautions
Public Service Announcement from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department:
With the U.S. Census process beginning, the Sheriff’s Department is advising people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft.
The big question is - how do you tell the difference between a U.S. Census worker and a con artist?
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.
Also, the census bureau has decided not to work with ACORN on gathering this information. No Acorn workers are working with the Census Bureau.
TEMPORARY DECENNIAL FIELD AND OFFICE EMPLOYEES IDENTIFICATION BADGE
Each temporary Census employee will have an official identification card with the employee’s signature and an expiration date. Identification cards for temporary
employees do not include a photograph. Each regional level employee’s identification cards will have the bearer’s photograph and expiration date. In addition, Field office managers will have the bearer’s photograph and expiration date.
Census Workers Cautions pdf