Information regarding Census Bureau field staff and scams
Last updated 1/23/2020 at 5:44pm
The United States Department of Commerce, Office of Security, has been notifying law enforcement that Census Bureau field staff will be contacting residents to verify addresses and gather information related to the once-per-decade census.
This information, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, is being provided to keep the community informed and let people know how to identify Census Bureau staff and to avoid possible scams, according to a press release.
Here is how to identify a Census Bureau field representatives from the United States Census Bureau website, Los Angeles Region.
First, the field representative will present a photo identification badge that includes their name and a Department of Commerce watermark, along with an expiration date.
The field representative will also be carrying an official bag with the Census Bureau logo or a laptop for conducting the survey.
They will also provide a letter from the Census Bureau on official letterhead stating why they are visiting your residence.
Field representatives will also only conduct their work between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., local time.
Upon request, the field representative will provide you with their supervisor’s contact information and/or the phone number for your Census Bureau Regional Office. The Regional Office supervises the activities of all field representatives in your area.
If you wish to independently confirm that the person at your door is a Census Bureau employee, you can also enter their name in the Census Bureau’s staff search website, or contact the Regional Office for your state.
For additional information regarding Census Bureau telephone interviews, avoiding fraudulent activity and scams, a staff directory, and regional office information, please visit the Census Bureau website Los Angeles Region at https://www.census.gov/about/regions/los-angeles/contact/identify.html.