As the 2010 census approaches, Triad Security Systems wants to ensure the safety of its clients and partners by reminding everyone to be vigilant when it comes to identity theft. The US Census is taken every 10 years and every ten years there is a bit of a spike in the amount if identity thefts. In order to protect your identity, you need to be aware of what to expect come census time.
Here are some tips from a public information officer about the 2010 census:
Census forms are first being mailed to each of the 134 million households in the US in March 2010. The best way to avoid a personal visit from a census worker is to complete the census form and return it by the April 1, 2010 deadline. Census workers are required to visit addresses that have not completed the census form and mailed it back by the deadline. Those who return the form by the deadline will most likely NOT receive a visit from a census worker, although census workers are visiting some households to perform quality checks. These checks require that some households be visited more than once. Additionally, if you returned your form late, your response might not be logged before a census worker is sent out. The Census Bureau assures that before your household receives a mailed form, a phone call or a visit from their representative, you will be given a few days notice with a letter from the Census Bureau Director.
The following is a list of tips to remember when talking with census workers or completing the census form:
- Any request for census information from the Census Bureau will be clearly marked as coming from the U.S. Census Bureau and as OFFICIAL BUSINESS of the United States. An official census taker will have 4 items: an identity badge, a confidentiality statement, a canvas census bag, and a handheld device. NEVER let a stranger into your home.
- All census workers carry official government badges marked with their name. You can also ask for a second identification to compare to the government badge. Never answer questions until you have seen the ID badges.
- Currently census workers are only knocking on doors to verify address information. No other information should be asked of you until March 2010 when the census forms are mailed.
- The Census Bureau will never ask for your Social Security number, bank account numbers, or credit card numbers.
- Census workers will never under any circumstances ask to enter your home.
- Census workers will never ask for any information to be submitted online or through email.
For more information about the 2010 Census, click here