How to spot a Census Scam
Have you received mail lately that leads you to believe it is from the US Census Bureau? If so, you aren’t alone. The challenge is that the survey you received may be a legitimate survey from another government agency or it could be an imposter.
There is a lesser known government agency that conducts the American Community Survey, which is a legitimate survey, but keep an eye out for look-a-like surveys being sent by scammers. These fake surveys can arrive by email or show up in your home mailbox. In some cases, an individual could arrive at your home asking questions.
According to a recent report from The Balance, if you are being asked for any of the following information from a person or organization claiming to be with the census bureau, it’s a scam:
- Donations or money
- A full Social Security number
- Any type of funds on behalf of a political party
- Your mother’s maiden name
- Credit card numbers
- Full bank account numbers
Other things you should know:
- When you are online, be sure to check any web addresses for a .gov extension and an https (make sure the "s" is there) prefix. The site you use should have both of these things.
- The official U.S. Census Bureau website is https://www.census.gov.
- Any mail that you receive should have a return address of Jeffersonville, Indiana. If it doesn’t, it’s not from the Census Bureau.
- If someone comes to your house, they should have a valid U.S. Census ID badge. If they don’t, they aren’t from the Census Bureau.
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