Phishing is a criminal act in which someone tries to get your information by pretending to be an entity that you trust. Phishing emails often direct you to a website that looks real but is fake—and may be infected with malware.
A key way to identify scam websites is to look at the website address. All valid Census Bureau websites will always have ".gov" at the end. 2020census.gov provides key information about the 2020 Census and how to respond. My2020census.gov is the direct website address you can use to respond to the 2020 Census online. 2020census.gov will also direct you to my2020census.gov to respond.
Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for:
In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party.
The Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census. However, the Census Bureau may contact you via email to request your participation in other ongoing surveys:
If you're not sure if the communication you received is legitimate, Contact Us.
The Census Bureau is currently conducting multiple surveys, including the Household Pulse Survey and the American Community Survey. If you are contacted for another survey, you must still complete the 2020 Census. Visit census.gov to learn more about these other surveys and how they work.
If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity:
If you suspect fraud, call 844-330-2020 to speak with a 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.