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Detecting fraudulent activity related to the U.S. Census
The U.S. Census Bureau is committed to making the 2020 Census quick, easy and safe for all participants. Here are some tips to help you avoid scams and fraud.
Avoiding Scams Online
To protect yourself from phishing and other scams, remember that the 2020 Census will never ask for:
Staying Safe at Home
- Your Social Security number.
- Your bank account or credit card number.
- Money or donations.
Census takers will only visit your home if you fail to respond to the invitations to complete the census either on-line, by phone or through the paper form. Home visits will not begin until the end of April or early May.
If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity:
- 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, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.
Reporting Suspected Fraud
If you suspect fraud, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a Census Bureau representative. If it is determined that the visitor does not work for the Census Bureau, contact your local police department.