Did you mail in your Census form by the April 16th deadline? If not, you can expect a Census Bureau employee to visit your home starting May 1st.
The information gathered by the Bureau's survey takers will be used to allocate federal funds for infrastructure and community projects and to determine Congressional seats, and you are required by law to cooperate with the Census Bureau. However, you should also know how to protect yourself from scams.
First, never invite a stranger, even a Census Bureau survey taker, into your home if you are home alone.
If a Census Bureau employee visits your home, check for a valid Census ID badge. Each Census Bureau survey taker is required to wear one, and you should feel free to ask for a driver's license or some other form of identification to verify the information on the badge.
The Census Bureau will never request your Social Security number or bank account information. If a survey taker does ask for this information, you should call your local police department or 1-866-226-2864 to report fraud.
Also, beware email scams. There is no online version of the 2010 Census, nor will the Bureau send emails about participating. If you suspect email fraud, do not click on the link; instead, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org.