Several Kansas Citians have reported suspected fake Census 2010 takers coming to their door and asking odd questions. A few of the reports came from citizens who had already filled out and mailed in their 2010 Census forms, thus a visit from a real Census officer would not be warranted. Over 3,000 official census takers will descend upon Kansas City within the next few months going door to door asking for the required Census information. A few things to know about the REAL Census takers:
A real census taker will always:
- carry a visible, official census badge
- have an official census form with them
- will only ask the following questions that are on the official Census form below...
How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2010?
Were there any additional people staying here April 1, 2010 that you did not include in Question 1?
Is this house, apartment, or mobile home: owned with mortgage, owned without mortgage, rented, occupied without rent?
What is your telephone number?
Please provide information for each person living here. Start with a person here who owns or rents this house, apartment, or mobile home. If the owner or renter lives somewhere else, start with any adult living here. This will be Person 1. What is Person 1's name?
What is Person 1's sex?
What is Person 1's age and Date of Birth?
Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin?
What is Person 1's race?
Does Person 1 sometimes live or stay somewhere else?
An official Census taker will never ask about legal status, personal information, money, or attempt to come into your home. Do not give out your bank account information to anyone under any circumstances! If you think for any reason that the person at your door may be a fake census taker, either refuse to answer the door or call the police and alert them of the fake census taker's presence in your neighborhood.
In Houston, a man posing as a Census worker and two others are blamed for a deadly home invasion robbery. Police said, over the weekend, Reginald Haynes was killed after he struggled with the fake census takers and was stabbed to death.
2010 Census workers should be visiting homes until July.