Public warning: Fraudulent census forms are being sent out - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/1/10

Public warning: Fraudulent census forms are being sent out

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By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Thursday was the deadline to send in your 2010 census forms, but if you haven't sent it in yet, pay attention to the form you are filling out.

"It's been brought to our attention that their may potentially be fraudulent census forms circulating in Lubbock county," said Lubbock Census Committee Vice Chair John Steinmetz.

Steinmetz says criminals are attempting to get your personal information, and using census forms to do it. "These forms will differ from the official U.S. Department of Commerce Census forms by asking for your social security, annual household income, and bank routing number," he said.

The official census form will have ten questions and the only information that you are asked to give is your birth date and your phone number, and even though Thursday was the filing deadline, the Lubbock Complete Count Committee says it's not too late to get your forms in. You have until April 15, before someone will come knocking at your door.

"We're at 51% today. Nationally it's 52%, so we're doing fairly well; traditionally only about 70% of people will get counted. I mean, imagine what we could do if we counted 100% of people," said Lubbock Complete Count Committee Chairman Brian Nicholson. 

Counters will start going door to door in two weeks.

Steinmetz urges residents to check census worker's credentials and make sure they don't request any financial information. "This is still incredibly important to our community in terms of funding for our schools and transportation and so forth so please don't avoid and complete your census by the 15th if at all possible," he said.

Citizens should know that the Census Bureau does NOT conduct the 2010 Census via the Internet and does not send emails about participating in the 2010 Census.

The Census Bureau also never:

  • Asks for your full social security number
  • Asks for money or a donation
  • Sends requests on behalf of a political party
  • Requests PIN codes, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.

If you believe you have been sent a fraudulent census form, call your local police department.

In Person Scam

•Check for a valid Census ID badge

•Call 800-563-6499 to verify a census worker.

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