2010 Census Advisory

Posted: January 22, 2010

The United States Census Bureau is conducting the 2010 Census. The Census is very important to West Virginia and especially to people with disabilities as many funding decision about how much funding our state qualifies for from the federal government for programs that are important to people in with disabilities will be made based on the information from the Census results. West Virginia Advocates is encouraging all West Virginians to participate in the Census. West Virginia Advocates would like to share information with you about protecting your safety and identity during the Census process because the process does contain some potential risks.

If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. However, you should never invite anyone you don't know into your home.

Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. Census.

The Census Bureau will not ask for Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers, nor will employees solicit donations. Any one asking for that information is NOT with the Census Bureau.

Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail, or in person at home. However, the Census Bureau will not contact you by Email, so be on the lookout for Email scams impersonating the Census.

  • The United States 2010 Census' home page.
  • The United States 2010 Census's webpage on "Protecting Your Personal Informaiton" has information on how the Census Bureau protects your personal data.
  • The United States 2010 Census's webpage on "More Security Topics" has some information and resources for identifying legitimate census workers.
  • The United States 2010 Census's webpage on "Phishing, Email Scams & Bogus Census Web Sites" has information on the Census Bureau's use of e-mail and websites, and has information on how to report fraudulent attempts to get your personal information.
  • The Better Business Bureau's article on the 2010 Census is also a good source of practical advice for you to protect yourself.