Census Fraud

  • Amy

We have all received census related forms that we have to fill out. The U.S. Census Bureau is the federal agency responsible for collecting data about the people and economy of the United States. It must collect some personal and demographic information from people and businesses to do this research.

Some scam artists may act as if they work for the U.S. Census Bureau to collect personal information about you to use for fraud, including stealing your identity. These scam artists may send you letters that seem like official letters from the U.S. Census Bureau, or they may come to your home to try to collect information about you.

Report Census Fraud:

If you suspect fraud, contact the Census Bureau’s regional office for your state or the Census Bureau’s National Processing Center immediately for verification and further guidance.

Follow these tips to ensure that your personal information stays safe:

  • If you are visited at home by someone claiming to be a census worker, request to see the person’s badge. The badge should have the photograph of field representative, a Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Here are some other ways to identify a legitimate census worker.
  • If you get a call, postal mail, or email that seems to be from the Census Bureau, follow these tips to help you spot census scams, so you don’t become a victim.

A key point to remember is The Census Bureau does not ask for your full Social Security number, bank or credit card account numbers, or your mother’s maiden name. If someone is asking for that and claims to be working for Census Bureau’s please raise your red flags.