2010 Census Phase 2 Begins – Census Takers Knocking on Doors Nationwide
BBB Teams Up with Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade to Promote Census Participation, Avoid Fraud
Austin, TX - April 30, 2010 - The second phase of the 2010 Census begins this Saturday as 635,000 census takers begin visiting households that did not return their census form through the mail. BBB serving Central, Coastal and Southwest Texas encourages anyone who didn’t return their form in the mail to prepare for a visit from a census taker by learning what to expect and how to identify scammers.
“Texans have responded to the 2010 Census, exceeding the mail in response ten years ago,” said Hope Andrade, Texas Secretary of State and Texas Census Ambassador. “But for those that did not complete and return the census questionnaire, it is vital to properly respond when census workers come knocking. If Texans go uncounted; Texas will be shortchanged.”
The goal of the census is to count every man, woman, and child in the country. It is a massive undertaking and unfortunately scammers are taking advantage of the situation by sending out bogus census forms or knocking on doors and asking for sensitive information, such as Social Security numbers.
Secretary Andrade and BBB answer the following frequently asked questions about census taker visits to your home:
How can I identify a census taker?
First ask to see their ID. All census workers carry official government badges marked with just their name and a confidentiality notice explaining the safety of the 2010 Census. They may also have a "U.S. Census Bureau" bag. Note that the census taker will never ask to enter your home. In Texas, households may call 800-563-6499 to verify the identity of a census worker.
What kinds of questions will they ask?
The census taker will ask the following questions:
The census taker will not ask to enter your home or request personal information such as bank account or social security numbers.
Do I have to respond?
Yes. Your participation in the 2010 Census is vital and required by law. Not only do you have to respond, it’s in your community’s best interest that you take part. Census takers will visit households that didn’t respond by mail up to seven times for a response. If no one answers, the census taker will leave behind a door hanger featuring a phone number for residents to call to schedule a visit. It costs the Federal Government, and ultimately the taxpayer, $57 per household for the follow-up operation.
Will the census taker ask any questions other than what was on the mail-in form?
At any point in time, the Census Bureau is conducting a number of surveys in order to better understand the complexities of our nation. Therefore, you may be asked to respond to a survey that is not related to the 2010 Census. The topics include healthcare, employment and the demographics of your household. Before responding to a survey that claims to be with the Census Bureau, do your research on the Census Bureau’s Web site (“Are you in a survey?”) at www.census.gov/survey_participants.
For more information on the 2010 Census, visit 2010census.gov.
The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Census data are used to apportion congressional seats to states, to distribute more than $400 billion in federal funds to tribal, state and local governments each year and to make decisions about what community services to provide. The 2010 Census form is one of the shortest in U.S. history, consisting of 10 questions, taking about 10 minutes to complete. Strict confidentiality laws protect the respondents and the information they provide.
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