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Avoiding Census Frauds and Scams with the 2020 U.S. Census

Here are some tips to help you stay safe from census frauds and scams.

With the Census just around the corner, some of you have raised some reasonable concerns. Strangers on your property, phishing emails, making sure that you’re actually filling out the Census.

We hear your concerns and we are here to help.

When it comes to online emails or other messages regarding the Census, it is important to know that the U.S. Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census: you will only be asked to fill out the Census online through a direct, physical letter to your home’s mailbox. Also, the Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Your bank account or credit card numbers
  • Or for money or donations
  • In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party

If you receive a message from the Census that checks any of these boxes, it’s a scam.

When you’re at home, if someone visits your home claiming to be collecting a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity in order to avoid census frauds and scams.

  • First, make sure that they have a valid ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date
  • Second, if they similarly ask for any of the previously listed items (Social Security number, bank account or credit card numbers, or money for donations), then they do not work for the U.S. Census Bureau
  • Finally, if you still have questions about their identity, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative

The U.S. Census Bureau is determined to keep you safe this season amongst Census frauds and scams. If you’re seeking more information on the 2020 Census, visit their official website for more information.

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