Posted on Friday November 08, 2019
Don't get Caught in a Census Scam
The 2020 Census is Just Around the Corner!
The US Census Bureau and Department of Commerce are preparing for the 2020 Census. The goal of the census is to count each and every person residing in the United States of America. Official census documents will be mailed to every household beginning in March 2020.
Don’t Get Caught by a Scam!
Unfortunately, the Census Bureau has already received reports of scams appearing to be the official Census. Reports show the scams are asking for personal information and sometimes donations.
How to Protect Yourself
The Census Bureau is taking many measures to protect your information, but there are also ways you can help protect yourself. One thing to remember is that official census workers will never ask for:
• Your full Social Security number
• Money or donations
• Anything on behalf of a political party
• Bank or credit card account numbers
• Your mother’s maiden name
If you get postal mail that causes you to suspect a scam:
• Check that the return address is Jeffersonville, Indiana.
• Call the Regional Office (1-800-865-6384) to verify whether it is legitimate.
If you get an e-mail request that you’re not sure about:
• Do not reply, do not click on any links and do not open any attachments.
• Forward the e-mail or website URL to the Census Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Delete the message. The Census Bureau will investigate and notify you of the findings.