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Beware of Census Scams

As previously reported in February, be aware of Census scams.

From the CPD:
Census takers have begun visiting households that failed to mail back their 2010 questionnaire. They will also be clarifying contradictory or ambiguous data on previously returned forms.

The Chicago Police Department and the U.S. Census Bureau want residents to be aware of potential scams and have provided the following tips:

• People should be aware that the Census doesn’t use e-mail to count people. Residents should not respond to any e-mail claiming to be from the Census Bureau.

• The Census Bureau never asks for Social Security numbers, credit card, bank card or other financial passwords and identification numbers. Do not share that information.

• If a census worker knocks on your door, he or she should have a badge and a second picture id. According to the bureau, a census worker never asks to enter your home.

For assistance or to report fraud, residents should call 311. To be counted over the phone residents can call 311 or the Census Bureau Telephone Questionnaire Assistance (TQA) – an operator will interview you over the phone in order to complete the Census questionnaire verbally. The service is available in six languages.

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