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1/7/2010 - Safety Tips in preparation for the 2010 Census
 

April 1, 2010 is "Census Day." and preparation for the Census is underway nationwide. The decennial event helps determine where federal money goes and how House of Representatives district boundaries are redrawn.

There is much that will be done between now and April to ensure that EVERYONE IS SAFELY COUNTED.

Check out www.census.gov for schedules, timelines, partnership and more. Remember, the 2010 Census form will be the shortest in history with just 10 questions.

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The Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers the following information and advice regarding the Census:

  • The Census Bureau is under the umbrella of the Department of Commerce. Only workers hired by the U.S. Census Bureau are qualified to represent the agency. While the Census Bureau has partnered with tens of thousands of groups and organizations to recruit employment candidates and spread the word about the need for people to participate by answering Census questionnaires, it does not use any government funds to subcontract with any organization to do any activity. The sole entity that will conduct the 2010 census is the U.S. Census Bureau, along with its hundreds of thousands of dedicated workers. Further, the Census Bureau has strict quality assurance procedures in every operation to prevent the introduction of errors and/or fraudulent information into the national count.
  • The BBB recommends that individuals 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 county. 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.
  • 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. Also, 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.
  • The Census Bureau will not ask for Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers, nor will employees solicit donations. Anyone asking for that information is NOT 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

Visit www.census.gov for frequently asked questions and other details.

Please help spread the word by sharing this with your employees, colleagues and community partners.


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