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Avoid Scams: Things to know about the 2010 Census

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  • Debbie Smith
    One of our research listserve family members posted this information I thought it might be important for all to see! ... From: Grégoire Delhaye To:
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 27, 2010
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      One of our research listserve family members posted this information I thought it might be important for all to see!

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      From: Grégoire Delhaye
      To: Brookland@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 12:33 AM

      I have seen a lot of incomplete information posted on the list regarding the Census. So I though I would chime in. For full disclosure I don't work for the census bureau but I have applied to take part in the door to door operation later this year. I want to participate because as a social scientist I have used census data for my research. I think census data are an invaluable tools for policy makers as well as the private sector to provide better services to people. Census data are also used to distribute seats in congress but unfortunately in DC that does not affect us. Anyway, here is 3 important things to know:

      1. The best source of information about the Census is the official website here: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/<http://2010.census.gov/2010census/> Most of the info I will provide next come from there. I particularly advise people to read the section entitled "The Whole story". It is basically answers to the most frequently asked questions.

      2. The best way of not having to wonder whether the person knocking on your door is from the Census is to fill the census form and mail it back. Only household whose form are not complete will get a personal visit. The form will be sent in March and census taker will knock on doors of people who have not mailed in the form between April and July 2010. If people come to your house before that time and say they are with the 2010 Census they are scammers.

      3. The census has only 10 questions. They deal with Name, Sex, Age, Date of birth, Hispanic origin, Race, Household relationship, If you own or rent and the number of people in your household. A preview of the official form is available here: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/how/interactive-form.php<http://2010.census.gov/2010census/how/interactive-form.php>. Unlike the previous census forms, none of the questions have to do with your financial situation.

      May be ANC comissioners should consider adressing frequently asked Census questions in the coming months during scheduled meetings.
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