Alpine hostage case prompts warning about fake census workers

Alpine hostage case prompts warning about fake census workers

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SALT LAKE CITY -- It was a would-be robber posing as a census worker that police say talked his way into an Alpine home this week. Court documents say he had a fake ID.

But the U.S. Census Bureau says a legitimate worker will have more than a name badge. He or she will also have a letter from the regional office and contact information for supervisors.

Salt Lake County sheriff's Lt. Don Hutson says you should take care with any stranger at your door.

"You're better off making contact with person, engaging in some sort of conversation, while you're still safely behind some sort of locking mechanism," Hutson said.

Right now, there are about 6,000 census workers in the field; there will 600,000 beginning next spring.


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