Protect Yourself from Census Scams

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You will not be contacted by phone or email by Census workers

A legitimate Census form or Census worker will never ask for:

  • Your full social security number
  • Money or donations
  • Anything on behalf of a political party
  • Your full bank or credit card account number

Census field staff will always show a valid Census Bureau ID and a copy of the letter we sent you. Field staff also:

  • Must present an ID Badge which contains: photograph of field representative, Department of Commerce watermark, and expiration date.
  • Will provide you with supervisor contact information and/or the regional office phone number for verification, if asked.
  • Will provide you with a letter from the Director of the Census Bureau on U.S. Census Bureau letterhead.
  • May be carrying a laptop and/or bag with a Census Bureau logo.

When in doubt, please call the Denver Regional Office for verification at 1-800-852-6159.

You can also check to see if a Census worker actually works for the Census by checking their information through the Census Bureau’s Employee Database.

If you get an e-mail and think it is bogus:

  • Do not reply, do not click on any links, and do not open any attachments
  • Forward the e-mail or website URL to the Census Bureau at
  • Delete the message. We will investigate and notify you of the findings.