If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity:
To ensure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census, we have updated our communications strategy to include email outreach in areas where many homes have not yet responded. Official Census Bureau emails will be sent from firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have already responded to the 2020 Census, you may ignore this reminder.
The Census Bureau may also contact you to request your participation in other ongoing surveys:
Additionally, census workers will occasionally call homes to ask questions about their responses to the 2020 Census. The goal is to ensure that no person is left out of the census or counted in more than one place. We review your responses in order to ensure that we have a complete and accurate 2020 Census. See the "Avoiding Scams Online" section below for a list of things the Census Bureau will never ask you for in these calls and other communications.
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.
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; if you think it may not be legitimate, don't click on any links.
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.
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.