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February 6, 2020

2020 Census: What You Need To Know

We recently had Mark Boyd, a partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, in to present some key information to our staff regarding the upcoming decennial survey. He made us aware of the importance of the data that is collected and what all this is used for, as well as provided pointers on keeping this information safe and protected from fraudsters.
The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. In addition, the results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
With any sharing of data and personal information, there is always concern over privacy and security. Here are some helpful tips we learned that we wanted to share with you to help keep your information safe:
Avoiding Scams Online
Phishing emails often direct you to a website that looks real but is fake-and may be infected with malware.
It is important to know that the Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census. Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for:
  • Your Social Security number
  • Your bank account or credit card numbers
  • Money or donations
In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party.
Staying Safe at Home
If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity:
  • First, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date.
  • If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.

 

Reporting Suspected Fraud
If you suspect fraud, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative. If it is determined that the visitor who came to your door does not work for the Census Bureau, contact your local police department.

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