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March - April 2010

Play It Safe with the U.S. Census

You can count on finding a U.S. Census form in your mailbox this month. Every household across the nation will be asked to answer 10 simple questions and mail the form back by April 1.

The count affects millions of dollars of funding for local schools, health care, social services, transportation and more. To make sure every man, woman and child in Pasadena is counted, the city has teamed up with non-profit groups citywide to encourage everyone’s participation. You can take part in Pasadena’s 10-Day Countdown to Census 2010—from March 23 to April 1—and watch for the opening of questionnaire assistance centers in mid-March, when you can ask questions one-on-one.

If you haven’t mailed back your form by mid-April, a Census worker will contact you by phone, mail or in person. Play it safe and avoid potential scams or identity theft by following these tips:

  • If you’re visited by a Census worker, make sure he or she has a badge, a Department of Commerce Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality leaflet before you answer any questions.
    An official U.S. Census worker will not ask to enter a home.
  • An official U.S. Census worker will never ask your legal status, or ask you for a social security, bank account, or credit card number.
  • You will never receive an official email from the U.S. Census Bureau, so don’t open any email that claims to be from that agency.
  • All information is strictly confidential and cannot be shared with anyone, including police and immigration agencies.

For more information about avoiding scams visit www.cityofpasadena.net/census_2010 or call the Pasadena Police Department at 744-4241. Everybody counts—and Pasadena is counting on you!