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Old 04-02-2010, 06:05 AM
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Now that the deadline for the mail-in forms has passed, census takers will be hand-delivering census forms to addresses for which they did not receive a mail-in form.

And with that will come a host of scams posed to look like census activity.

First, all field census workers will wear a badge, and carry a second photo ID. They are forbidden to enter people's houses, so if someone claiming to be a census worker asks to come in, that's an immediate red flag. The questions on a legitimate census form can be found here:

What's on the Census Form (http://2010.census.gov/2010census/how/interactive-form.php - broken link)

There are already reports of scammers intercepting legitimate forms in the mail and substituting cleverly designed fakes that ask for info designed to steal your identity.

Essentially, the real form will ask how many people live at the address, a phone number, the names, races, national origins and ages/birth dates of people living there, and whether the house is rented/owned with a mortgage, or owned outright. The one question on home ownership is the closest thing to financial info they will ask.

They will NOT ask for social security numbers, household income, bank balance or account information, credit card info etc. And census surveys can not be completed by phone or online.

If in doubt that someone claiming to be a Census Bureau worker is legit, you can take their ID info and call the Census Bureau at 1-866-226-2864.
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Old 04-03-2010, 07:40 PM
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Good advice Bob! Yea, scammers know no bounds, that's for sure. A couple of my neighbors who have been on layoff (long term) have taken positions for temporary work as census takers and are wanting out of construction. If nothing else they are conserving their UI benefits for down the road after their work is done.
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:30 PM
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I just had a census worker show up at my door asking about the man upstairs above my apartment.

This seemed fishy to me, given it's three years since the 2010 Census. She did have an ID badge but she seemed really nervous and distracted.

Is this legitimate?
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:33 AM
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There are census operations going on all the time. Every 10 years there is a huge operation, the rest of the time it is much smaller things.

They may or may not have been legitimate. The best way for anyone to find out is to call the census bureau at the regional office closest to them.

Source: Former supervisor for the census.

PS. This is the Colorado forum, so I'll include the contact info for the regional office here:


I hope this helps.
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Old 11-07-2013, 11:09 PM
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Thank You, very much. I will contact them in the morning.

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