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Census 2020: Avoiding scams

The Census 2020 Guide brings together resources about why the Census is important, key information about the Census, and where to find additional information.

Census 2020: Census Bureau's website

For official information about the 2020 Census, see the Census Bureau's website.

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The Census does not ask

The Census will not send unsolicited e-mails.  Also, the 2020 Census does not ask for:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Money or donations
  • Anything on behalf of a political party
  • Bank or credit card accounts
  • Citizenship

If you suspect fraud, contact 1-800-923-8282.

For further information about avoiding Census scams, go to Avoiding Scams Online.
For further information about what the Census does not ask, go to Questions Asked.

Census Bureau employees

To identify a Census Bureau employee:

  • Check for a valid ID badge with photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and expiration date.
  • For concerns about the identity of a Census Bureau employee, call 1-800-923-8282.

For further information about avoiding scams, go to Avoiding scams.