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2020 Census Information and Resources for Libraries: Avoiding Fraud & Scams

Useful resources to prepare for the 2020 Census

Avoiding Fraud & Scams

Avoiding Fraud and Scams

  • The U.S. Census Bureau is committed to making the 2020 Census quick, easy, and safe for all participants.

Avoiding Scams Online

  • Phishing is a criminal act in which someone tries to get your information by pretending to be an entity that you trust.
  • Phishing emails often direct you to a website that looks real but is fake—and may be infected with malware.
  • It is important to know that the Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census. Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for :
    • Social Security numbers

    • Bank account or credit card numbers

    • Money or donations

  • In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party.

Staying Safe at Home

  • If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity:
    • First, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.

    • If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.

Reporting Suspected Fraud

  • If you suspect fraud, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.
  • If it is determined that the visitor who came to your door does not work for the Census Bureau, contact your local police department.