The Census for 2010 is in full swing. Here is a reminder of tips to avoid falling for a scam.
A questionnaire will be mailed to all homes in Jefferson and Gilpin Counties. The census will contain only 10 questions and can usually be completed in 10 minutes of less. Questions are asked about residential status (home owner or renter), who lives in a residence, race, and ethnicity. Your Social Security number will not be required but you will be asked to list the names of all persons who live in your home as well as their date of birth. No personal financial information is required. If the survey is not returned, a census representative may visit your home. It is law that you respond to the census.
Some residents may be selected for a ‘sample survey,’ a more extensive survey taken throughout any decade. Should that occur, census workers will explain your participation.
Here are some helps to avoid becoming a victim of ID theft:
- If a census-taker comes to your door, they will show a badge. You may also ask to see another picture ID and may call 303-264-0202 to confirm their status as a census-taker;
- You will receive NO E-mail concerning the 2010 Census. You may receive a telephone call asking for a time when a census-taker may stop by to complete your census;
- You do not need to allow a census-taker into your home;
- The Census Bureau will not ask for your Social Security number, bank account or credit card numbers, nor will they solicit donations;
- If you need assistance filling out the census form, you may call 1-866-872-6868 from 8 A.M until 9 P.M.;
For more information than you’ll ever need: https://ask.census2010.gov.
Source: District Attorney Scott Storey, Office of Jefferson/Gilpin Counties, Colorado
To report fraud, ask a question, or schedule a ‘Power Against Fraud’ seminar, call: 303-271-6980