By Scott Harvey
Commerce – Commerce Police are warning against a possible fake census form circulating throughout the region.
A female resident in the 3000 block of Choctaw reported that she received and filled out two census forms, one that asked for her social security number.
The official 2010 Census form does not ask for such information.
Authorities are asking you make sure to read the form thoroughly before filling it out and that you are indeed sending it back to the 2010 Census Bureau.
The form should be accompanied by a self addressed prepaid postage envelope. The Census Bureau may send you a second form. But if you fail to fill out either a census taker will come to your door to get the information needed. If this happens, you're to ensure that the person properly identifies themselves before giving them any census information.
It costs on average about $57 per household to send a census taker to homes that did not return a form. If everyone across the nation mailed back their form, the cost of census taking could be reduced by about $1.5 billion.
This information and more can be found by visiting the 2010 census website at www.2010census.gov.