The Australian Bureau of Statistics has put out a warning about bogus census collectors in Canberra.
It appears some people have been wandering around collecting people’s census forms who aren’t official collectors. Why anyone would want to do this is beyond me (but then I wasn’t here and didn’t get to see said census form and what it asked).
The ABS has told the police about the matter. They also say that you can tell if your census collector is real or not by their identification badge and bright yellow satchel.
“Do not hand over your completed Census form unless you see [the official id card],” ACT census manager Alan Masters warned. “Collectors will also be working from 8.00am to 8.30pm on weekdays or 9.00am to 8.30pm on weekends. Be alert if someone visits you outside of these hours.”