It's time for the U.S. Census, and if you get a mailing, chances are it's a legitimate form. But you should keep in mind there may be identity thieves out there trying to take advantage of people taking the survey.
Responding to the Census can help everyone.
"That's how the government determines how to spend money in our communities, how to assign representatives, build infrastructure. They need that information," said Heather Clary of the BBB.
It's the information they don't need that should raise a red flag to anyone responding. The Census will never ask you for your social security number, bank account numbers or credit card numbers.
They also will not email you. Any emails asking you to fill out information for the census could be attempts to steal your identity.
Census forms are expected to begin arriving in the mail this week.
You can find a link to the Better Business Bureau's website below.