HOW TO SPOT A GENUINE U.S. CENSUS WORKER
Tips for American Indian
households on avoiding fraudulent visits
from Joely Proudfit, U.S. Census Consultant/Naqmayam Communications
Condensed by Native Village ]
The Better Business Bureau (BBB )is raising awareness about
possible identity thieves posing as census workers. According to the
When a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, he or she
will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag and
a confidentiality notice.
Always ask to see an I.D. and badge before answering any questions.
Never invite anyone you don't know into your home.
Census workers will only ask questions about your address, the
number of household members, and general information about your
Do not give them your social security number, credit card or banking
Do not give out any donations at all.
Census workers may also contact you by phone but NEVER by email. Don't
answer emails with census inquiries.
American Indians can expect up to two short visits, calls or forms
from census workers this year. Two 2010 census operations are
relevant to American Indian communities:
The traditional decennial count of the entire population living
in the U.S., which by law occurs every 10 years. The last was done
in 2000. The
Census is a count of the entire U.S. population
The American Community Survey (ACS), aims to tell "what the
population looks like and how it lives." In Indian Country,
reservations and rancherias will have a small group of tribal
members selected to complete the ACS survey. If only one tribal
member answers the ACS, that one person will be the census data
representative for their entire community until the next time the
surveys are collected.
If you participate in the ACS, you must still answer the Census 2010
Workers collecting ACS information will visit before the April 1,
2010 deadline for mailing in census forms. They may later visit
those who didn't sent their forms back. Expect to spend about 10
minutes answering all questions. .
For more information about the 2010 Census and the ACS, visit:\
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