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2021 census – census enumerators, census by phone. The Central Statistical Office warns against frauds

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The Central Statistical Office announced that the census enumerators started their work on Tuesday, May 4. They will conduct interviews over the phone as part of the National Census. However, the Central Statistical Office calls for caution and warns against potential fraudsters pretending to be census enumerators.

The National Census of Population and Housing is the largest Polish statistical survey carried out every 10 years. It is the main source of objective knowledge about the number of people living in Poland, their work, place of residence, education and living conditions. This year, the census began on April 1 and will last until September 30 this year.

National Census

During this period, each citizen should make a census by logging on to the government’s website nazwa.gov.pl and answering questions there. The census enumerators who started work on Tuesday will also help to participate in the National Census. It is an alternative for people who cannot or do not want to do well online.

The CSO announced that the census enumerators would call from 22 828 88 88. As emphasized, the census enumerator has an official identifier issued by the Provincial Census Bureau containing the name and surname, number, emblem, information on the processing of personal data.

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“The identity of the enumerator can be checked on the census hotline at 22 279 99 99 and also through the application available at https://rachmistrz.stat.gov.pl/” – explained in the announcement.


The Central Statistical Office warns against frauds

The representatives of the Central Statistical Office pointed out that due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, by the decision of the General Census Commissioner, the enumerators would not conduct direct interviews (and visit respondents at home) until further notice. “People who knock on the door and pretend to be countrymen may be frauds. Please report such cases to the police” – indicated.

“If the census obligation has already been fulfilled via the Internet or via the census hotline, no one will call respondents on this matter. Such contacts may be an attempt to obtain data” – added.

In case of justified doubts as to the credibility and reliability of the census enumerator, representatives of the Central Statistical Office ask the CSO to report the incident immediately to the census hotline or to the appropriate Census Bureau in their place of residence.

At the same time, it was pointed out that “after verifying the enumerator and making sure that he is calling to conduct the census, please bear in mind that pursuant to the Act, he cannot be refused data”.

The scope of information collected in the census includes: demographic characteristics, economic activity, level of education, migrations, ethnic and cultural characteristics or housing resources. The Central Statistical Office noted that the accountant will not ask for earnings, savings, valuables at home, account number, card PIN or online banking login details. “There are no such questions in the census form! They may indicate an attempt to extort data. The matter should be immediately reported to the police” – emphasized the representatives of the office.

A detailed list of questions is available in a dedicated tab on the website nazwa.gov.pl.

Participation in the census is obligatory on the basis of the Act on public statistics. Refusal to participate in it carries a fine of up to 5,000. PLN, and providing false information may result in a penalty of up to two years’ imprisonment.

PAP / Maciej Zieliński

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