2020 U.S. Census is Almost Here, So Beware of Early Census Doorknockers

April 1 is National Census Day, which is quickly approaching. Recently, you should have received your 2020 Census questionnaire in the mail with instructions and your Census ID for online completion. Your response is important, kept confidential, and is required by law. You can respond three ways: mail, phone, or online! 

While completing the Census is important, the COVID-19 pandemic may be hindering the mailing of Census questionnaires, especially for those with limited Internet access. If Census questionnaires aren’t sent in, Census workers will be sent out to residences. However, there may be other people posing as Census workers – looking to gain entry into your home.

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

Census Door-knockers:

  • If someone comes to your door identifying themselves as a Census worker before April 1 – do not open the door! You have until April 1 to submit your questionnaire and no one should be at your door collecting anything at this time.
  • If you have not completed and returned your questionnaire by April 1 and a Census worker comes to your door, verify as follows:
    • Ask for identification – all workers should have a valid ID badge with their photo, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
    • Do not allow entry – close and lock your door if you need to go retrieve it, come back, hand it over.

If you have questions about their identify or suspect fraud call 1—844-330-2020 to speak with a Census Bureau representative and contact your local police department.

Calls / Emails:

Beware of those call or emails identifying themselves from the Census Bureau, asking for your personal information. The U.S. Census Bureau does not solicit or ask for donations and will never ask for your:

  • Social Security Number
  • Bank account or credit card number
  • Money or donations

If you have questions, go to www.2020census.gov for more information.

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