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Census Cyber Security Tips

2020 Census Survey is Underway.

By law, each household is required to complete the United States census survey. Cybercriminals never take a break, so it is not surprising that cyber-miscreants are looking to capitalize on this opportunity with their social engineering scams. Miscreants might send emails or other messages that appear to come from the U.S. Census Bureau, or they might even pose as official Census Bureau workers and show up at customer’s doors.

This census season, we need to remind our customers to keep the following tips in mind so they can safeguard their household’s non-public information:

  • The U.S. Census Bureau will only send the official survey notification by snail-mail, or if one’s survey response is late, an official Census Bureau worker may visit to a home to ensure receipt of the census mailing.  If an email is received stating it is from the U.S. Census Bureau, DELETE it, and for heaven’s sake, do NOT ever click a hyperlink.
  • If a Census Bureau worker visits the home, verify that they are who they claim to be. A valid ID badge should have the census worker’s photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. If you’re still unsure, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.
  • The Census Bureau field representative will never ask for the following: your Social Security number, your bank account or credit card numbers, anything on behalf of a political party, donations, or money.