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Scam or not: Census test mailed out may seem fake, but it's legitimate

Scam or not Census test mailed out...

PUEBLO, Colo. - The U.S. Census is every 10 years, so when one woman living in Pueblo got a census test in the mail it caught her attention. She thought it may be part of a scam, she reached out to KRDO.

The paper asked for things like phone number, date of birth, and whether the person is Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish.

So is the census test real or fake? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it's legitimate.

While it's not the actual census taking place next year, the test is taking a look at the controversial question President Donald Trump wanted on the census.

"On the envelope, it says your response is required by law," says Ronnie Sue as she reads the paper.

The letter, listed as a census test, has questions about how many people live in the home and other questions that may seem routine.

"It goes on to questions such as they want your phone number, they want to know your date of birth, they want to know is person one of Hispanic, Latino or a Spanish origin," she said.

It's that last question that caught Ronnie Sue off guard.

"It says are you a legal citizen of the United States? And we are hearing that is not a legal question," she said.

It's one of the many reasons she was leery this could be a scam, but it's not.

The Census Bureau says they mailed out letters to measure self-response rates and possible impacts of the citizenship question.

So far, the Census Bureau says they've mailed out 480,000 tests this year, but there is no word on how many they've received back.

When Ronnie Sue asked others about getting a similar survey, she found no one else had.

"I'm the only one that got one. Nobody else that I know has received one. No one has even heard of anyone receiving one," she said.

The letter was due July 1 and now that she hasn't replied, she's not sure what will happen next.

"If I didn't respond, they [said] they were going to send someone to my house. I have not responded," she said.

Ronnie Sue also shared she has no plans in responding either.

Just because the letter she received isn't a scam, it doesn't mean there aren't census scams out there.

The bureau says a real survey will never ask for a full social security number, bank account or password.


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