UPDATE: Census Bureau letter that Fairfield PD thought was scam is legit, agency says

Published: Jul. 13, 2019 at 11:38 AM EDT
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The U.S. Census Bureau said Monday that a letter it sent that was flagged as a possible scam by a Maine police department is legitimate.

Fairfield police issued a warning on its Facebook page over the weekend saying they were contacted by a concerned resident after receiving a document that said "U.S. Census Bureau," which asked for the names and ages of the children living in the home.

"We can assure you that this mail is not from the Census Bureau and you should not fill it out or mail it back," police said.

However, a representative from the Census Bureau says the mailing was legitimate and not a scam.

The mailing is part of the National Survey of Children's Health, according to a Census spokeswoman.

The survey looks at the emotional and physical; health of children ages 0-17 years of age, according to the Census website.

The website said the information is collected from parents or guardians of the children.

Fairfield police said in a new Facebook Monday that it spoke with the Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Commerce.

Police said the document the concerned citizen received in the mail could be legitimate, but without being able to examine it, they have no way of knowing for sure.

Police said if you receive a document in the mail and question its legitimacy to reach out to the Census Bureau before filling it out.

Questions about the census can be directed to the bureau at 301-763-INFO (4636) or 800-923-8282 or ask.census.gov.