FAIRFIELD – A spokeswoman for the Census Bureau said Tuesday that a questionnaire that Fairfield police warned residents may be a scam is, in fact, legitimate.
“The U.S. Census Bureau can confirm that the survey is legit but cannot confirm people in surveys due to Title 13. Only the person in the survey can do that,” the spokeswoman said in an email to ABC7/FOX22.
The Fairfield Police Department posted the warning on its Facebook page after receiving a call from a citizen concerned about a piece of mail that his mother-in-law received. He said that it looked very official and said “U.S. Census Bureau” on it. There was a document inside requesting the names and ages of the children living in the home.
The department posted the following update after hearing from the Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Commerce:
“It turns out that they do send out other questionnaires throughout the year and as it turns out, this particular questionnaire very possibly could have been one. Without being able to examine it we have no way to verify. If you receive one of these and question its authenticity, reach out to the Census Bureau to make sure that it’s a legitimate survey before you give out personal details.