How do I distinguish fraud or scams from the Census Bureau?

The U.S. Census Bureau will never ask for:

  • Your social security number
  • Your mother’s maiden name
  • Money or donations
  • Credit card or bank account information
  • Your personal information through email

If you ever have any concerns, you can verify either the survey or the employment of the Census worker through information provided by the Census Bureau at: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/surveyhelp/verify-a-survey.html#person