How to spot census scams as we get close to Census Day

Posted at 4:35 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 18:31:02-04

Census Day is almost here and Maryland's Attorney General's office is partnering up with AARP Maryland and the Census Bureau to make sure you don't fall for any scams.

Invitations to complete the census will begin arriving in mailboxes later this week and for the first time, residents can complete the form online or by phone.

Officials want you to know some census scam warning signs.

"The folks coming to your door will not ask if you're a citizen, they will not ask for your social security number, they will not ask for money or donations of any kind, they will not ask for anything on behalf of a political party, they wont ask for your bank account number, your credit card number, your personal schedule, when you leave for work," officials explained.

Some other tips: Don't answer any unsolicited emails claiming to be from the Census Bureau and the return address for census mail is in Jeffersonville, Indiana...if you get mail from anywhere else, it's a scam.

To verify census employees or report a scam, call 800-923-8282.