Census Update: Has Your Household Received Duplicate Census Forms?by Nick LaFleur on Apr. 06, 2010, under Life, phishing, scam, Tips
In early April approximately 40 million households will receive the 10 question Census form for a SECOND TIME. Typically, areas that had a low response rate in 2000 will be targeted for the second mailing. This means there is a strong likelihood that Southern Arizona consumers living in areas that had a low response rate in 2000 will receive an additional form, even if they have already filled out and sent in the first Census sheet they received.
What should consumers do if they receive a second form?
- Households that have already returned their form should ignore the second mailing.
- Households should only complete and return one form. They may use either the first or the second form that they have received.
- The extra form should be discarded in a manner comfortable for the resident. If for some reason two forms are returned for a housing unit, the Census Bureau has a process for unduplicating them.
The Census Bureau says they have found that by sending an additional form to low-response areas they’re able to increase response rates and reduce expensive door-to-door follow-ups.
Census Fraud Alert
There have been reports of bogus census forms and phony employees making the rounds requesting Social Security Numbers in both Oklahoma and Alabama. As a reminder, the Census Bureau will never ask for a complete Social Security Number.
If you have received a suspicious form or visit from a supposed Census worker, please contact BBB by phone, (520)888-5353, or email email@example.com . Additionally, the former should be reported as mail fraud to the USPS and the latter to local law enforcement.
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