Know how to spot scams during the census

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Every 10 years, the Census counts every single person living in the United States and its five territories.  The U.S. Census Bureau is inviting every household in Colorado Springs and across the U.S. to fill out the census. 

You might be wondering, “Is the information I provide on the census safe?” The answer is “yes.” After sending your census response, your personal information is kept safe.

Unfortunately, scammers are also looking to take advantage of residents during the census. You can take steps to help keep your personal information safe by knowing how to spot red flags.

    How to spot a scam

    The Census Bureau will never ask for these things

    • Your Social Security number.
    • Your bank account or credit card numbers.
    • Money or donations.
    • Your mother’s maiden name.
    • Anything on behalf of a political party.

    What you can do when someone contacts you about the Census

    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 someone calls your household to complete a survey you can call the National Processing Center to verify the caller is a Census Bureau employee.

    If you get mail, you check that the return address is Jeffersonville, Indiana. If you are still not sure you can call the Regional Office for your state to verify the household survey.

    Learn more at at 2020Census.Gov and Census.Gov.

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