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2020 Census : Avoid Fraud

This guide draws upon work by Katherine Paterson, Loyola University Libraries and Linda Zellmer, Western Illinois University Library

Avoid Scams | Evite fraudes y estafas

Census information will be sent to residences through the US Postal Service inviting you to complete the questionnaire using the Census website from their personal computer, mobile phone or tablet. 

The Census Bureau will never:

  • send unsolicited email
  • ask for your social security number
  • ask for money or donations
  • ask for your bank account or credit card numbers
  • contact you on behalf of a political party

Report scams to rumors@census.gov


If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, verify their identity:

  • Check 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 call 800-923-8282 to speak with a 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