Be Wary of “Fake” Census Takers

Arcadia PD has a great little blog.  They have “Tuesday Tips” as well as other information tossed out almost daily.  This week’s tip is a good one, be wary of fake “Census Takers” tells you what to look for to ID a real census taker.  They even warn about those who ask for more info than they are entitled to…identity theft type stuff.  Full blog post HERE.

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.

4 Replies to “Be Wary of “Fake” Census Takers”

  1. The requirement to take the Census every 10 years is written into Section 2 of the United States Constitution. The U.S. government has been taking the Census since 1790, obviously under presidents and Congressional majorities of both parties. The Census is used to apportion the proper number of Congressional representatives to each state, among other things. Then Census could also be crucial in California’s efforts to get billions more federal dollars to help with our budget deficit, as Governor Schwarzenegger has publicly requested.

    Unfortunately, some on the right wing lunatic fringe have developed all kinds of conspiracy theories about the Census. For example, Republican Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota reportedly caused concern among some of her Republican colleagues when she publicly stated that she would refuse to complete the Census information requested of her. That’s apart from Bachmann’s stated conspiracy theories about “internment camps” and children’s armies.

    Census takers are dedicated civil servants and volunteers performing a duty required for over 200 years by our Constitution. Hopefully everyone will proudly do their Constitutional duty, cooperate with these workers, and participate in the Census when asked.

  2. Matt…how does this have anything to do with not cooperating, it warns of info a legit taker won’t ask and you shouldn’t divulge. Sheesh the APD even went as far as to note the specific details of what the legit Census Takers will have with them so you can cooperate.

  3. This is the Census form for this year. It contains 10 questions regarding the number of people living in each household. It’s a bit more involved than one simple question about “how many people live at your home,” although the APD is absolutely correct that the form asks for no financial information whatsoever. I thought that it would be useful to mention a little more about the Census than simply an alert about fraud that will be the exception (and hopefully a very rare exception) to the rule, thanks.

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