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Roswell residents warned of fake census workers

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Census representatives at your home or residence will have official photo identification and will arrive only after an official notice of a survey has been mailed to your physical address. Visits for the 2020 Census will not begin until late April. People also can call the Census Bureau to confirm the legitimacy of a visit. (Submitted Photo)

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An unscrupulous person or two have been showing up at local people’s doors and representing themselves falsely as census workers, according to local reports.

City employees at City Hall and the Roswell Police Department have received five to six complaints since December that people are coming to their doors claiming fraudulently to be census workers, according to Public Information Officer Todd Wildermuth.

Wildermuth indicated that no charges have been filed based on the reports and it is believed residents did not provide any information to the fake representatives when identification could not be produced.

Door-to-door visits for the 2020 Census — the full biennial population count — will not begin until late April, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and the visits will occur only after people have received official “invitations” at their physical addresses.

The Census Bureau does conduct other household and business surveys besides the biennial census counts, but the agency does not make in-person visits until after mailing an official letter to a physical address.

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The Census Bureau website provided the following information to help residents discern whether the person at the door or on the phone is a legitimate census worker.

• An official Census Bureau representative will never ask for your full Social Security number, bank account number or passwords.

• A census representative will have an official identification badge with a name, photograph, Department of Commerce watermark and expiration date.

• You will receive an official letter or “invitation” prior to a personal visit that will be mailed to your physical address. You can ask someone representing that he or she is with the Census Bureau to present that letter.

• Census representatives conduct their business from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time and carry an official bag and electronic device, such as a laptop or smartphone, bearing the Census Bureau logo.

• If you do not want a personal visit but would like assistance completing an online survey, Census Bureau representatives will be at local organizations and community events to assist people.

• If someone comes to your residence or calls, you can contact the Denver Region office of the bureau to verify that the visit or call is legitimate. That number is 800-852-6159. You also can call the Customer Service Center, 800-923-8282.

Additional information is available at census.gov or 2020census.gov.