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Fake Census Worker Reported In Cordova

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How do you know the true identity of a person who shows up at your door? Cordova residents reported a woman going door to door claiming to work for the Census Bureau. 

Bit when TV6 investigated, there were several red flags. 

"You can say whoever you want to say you are," one neighbor says.

Neighbors TV6 spoke to did not want to be identified, but say a recent visit from a supposed Census worker raised a lot of red flags.  

"She actually passed through the neighborhood multiple times which raised awareness to me," another neighbor says, "It was just out of place on a Sunday, which I thought was odd."

"It's 2013, the last census was 2010," she adds as to what tipped her off.

The Census does conduct surveys all year round to collect data on unemployment, economic status, and much more. Census officials say they were in Cordova, but not recently. 

"I thought it was odd the household she wanted to visit was somebody that was out of town," one resident says.

Our source also talked with their neighbor, and almost nothing checked out. 

"I said what color was her badge? She says it was like green, I said wrong," the neighbor says. 

TV6 contacted the Census Bureau, they say they used to have green badges, but switched all their employees to white a few years ago.  

Plus the name neighbors say was on the badge did not match any Census employee.  

"The way the lady looked and presented herself wasn't right," the neighbor says. 

Census officials tell us you can always check with the census online or by phone to make sure your area is actually being surveyed, but not everyone knows that's what they should do.

"I think most people would've just seen it as a fluke and let it go," One resident says. 

They're hoping to protect others who might not be as lucky next time.  

"You never know, are they taking inventory of people to rob you later or take advantage of someone in your community?" 

"When something like this happens, you're concerned, you don't know what's going to happen," the neighbor says. 

So how do you know if a Census visit is real or not? The Census Bureau says they will never ask for personal information, like Social Security numbers, Medicare information, credit card information or bank accounts. 

They should have a white badge with the Census seal and an expiration date on it.  

They should also give you an official letter explaining their visit and be able to tell you who their supervisor is if you ask.  

If you ever want to double-check, you can call 1-800-865-6384 on your screen or visit their website at http://www.census.gov/survey_participants/.

If you have a suspicious visit, you should contact police and the Census Bureau to file a report.