Participate in the 2020 Census, but avoid scams
– March 2, 2020
Invitations to participate in the 2020 Census will arrive by mail in mid-March! Most areas will receive an invitation to respond online (or by phone), while the other households will receive a paper questionnaire along with an invitation to respond online. Regardless of which invitation you receive, all households that have not yet responded will receive a paper questionnaire by mid-April.
As our invites arrive, remember — the Census Bureau will never ask for your Social Security number, your bank account or credit card numbers, or money or donations. The Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party. Learn more from the U.S. Census Bureau about avoiding fraud and scams.
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
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.
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.