In an effort to accurately count the population, U.S. census questionnaires were delivered either by hand or U.S. mail to residents in late February and March 2010. From now until the end of August, Census Bureau field staff will be working door-to-door in neighborhoods across the United States to collect information from those who have not returned their census questionnaires, and to verify addresses.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd reminds residents to be cautious of anyone who comes to your home without the proper identification asking for personal information.
“All U.S. Census Bureau workers will be properly credentialed,” said Sheriff Grady Judd, “so it is vital that you verify the identity of anyone who alleges to be a U.S. Census worker. Local law enforcement officers are trained to detect fraudulent identification cards of anyone claiming to be a U.S. Census worker. If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to call your local law enforcement agency.”
Here are a few tips to distinguish between a Census worker and a possible con artist:
1. Census workers will have a badge, a U.S. Census Bureau canvas bag, and a privacy notice. However, you should never invite anyone you do not know into your home.
2. Census workers are only knocking on doors to verify address information.
3. DO NOT provide your Social Security number, credit card number, or banking information to anyone, even if they work for the U.S. Census.
4. Census workers will not ask for money. DO NOT give them money if asked to do so.
5. Census workers WILL NOT contact you by electronic mail (email). Never click on a link or open any attachments in an email that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau.
For more information regarding the 2010 Census, visit the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov. Remember; please report all suspicious activity immediately by calling the PCSO at 863.534.6200.
For more information about fraud, and identity theft, please contact the PCSO Crime Prevention Section at 863.534.6677.