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Census 2020: Avoiding Fraud and Scams

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Avoiding Fraud and Scams


Beware of fraudulent census forms and e-mails. U.S. Census Bureau surveys will never ask respondents for money and surveys will always be postmarked from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau.

E-mail scams often involve phishing, which is a criminal act where 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.

The U.S. Census Bureau sends out two different surveys, the Decennial Census which occurs every ten years for every household, and the American Community Survey which is an ongoing survey sent to a sample of households throughout the year.

U.S. Census Bureau surveys will never ask for:

  • Social Security numbers
  • Money or donations
  • Bank or credit card account numbers

For more information, https://2020census.gov/en/avoiding-fraud.html

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