WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Cosme Ojeda from the Better Business Bureau joined Brian Shrull to talk about census scams.
The 2020 United States Census is happening at the same time as a global pandemic, which means both census takers and consumers are in a unique circumstance.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau officials, they will end field data collection, including door-to-door activities, by Sept. 30, 2020.
How the Census Works:
- The Census Bureau may request information through almost all communication outlets
- Including phone, email, mail, fax and in-person
- There are only three ways to reply to the census
- phone, mail or online
- The U.S. Census Bureau may email you but it will come from a specific email address
Here are some tips to help you avoid Census Scams:
- Never give out your social security number, bank account number, credit card number, money or donations
- The Census will never contact you on behalf of a political party
- Respond online only through Census.gov
- Don’t click, download, or open anything that comes from an unexpected email or anonymous sender
- Be cautious of generic emails
- Check BBB Scam Tracker for local reports of impostors in your area.
If a census taker comes to your door, ask to see their ID Badge. For more information click here.