The U.S. Constitution requires a census every 10 years and the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office wants the public to be aware of what is and isn’t part of the census-taking procedure. The Attorney General’s Office has a new publication available at no charge on line. “10 Questions in 2010” explains what questions are on the Census, what the Census does not ask, how your information will not be used and tops for personal information safety.
The Census Bureau will not conduct the 2010 Census by e-mail or over the Internet. The AG’s Office cautions that the Census will not request detailed personal information through e-mail; send requests for PIN codes, passwords, or Social Security numbers; or ask for credit card, bank or financial information of any kind.
To report e-mail scams or bogus Census 2010 Web sites, forward the e-mail or Web site URL to itso.fraud.
All census workers undergo an FBI background check. This year the fingerprinting requirement has been added for the first time for the 2010 Census as an extra precaution. Census workers carry government-issued IDs, will not ask to be let into your home, or ask for financial information or Social Security number.
If the census worker or questionnaire does not meet the above criteria or you are wary of the census worker, do not fill out the paperwork and contact the Regional Census Center by calling toll-free 800-923-8282; or visit http://2010.census.gov/2010census/contact/index.php.
For more information about Census 2010, visit http://2010.census.gov/2010census/.
For your free copy of “10 Questions in 2010” and other helpful publications, visit the Attorney General’s Web site at www.nmag.gov/publications.