The U.S. Census Bureau currently has staff in the field in the Kansas City region working to verify addresses in advance of the 2020 census that will take place next spring.
If homes in your area are visited by someone from the Census Bureau, here are some ways to verify the individual is a Census Bureau employee.
The field representative:
Must present an ID Badge, which contains a photograph of field representative, Department of Commerce watermark and expiration date.
Will provide you with supervisor contact information and/or the regional office phone number for verification, if asked.
Will provide you with a letter from the director of the Census Bureau on U.S. Census Bureau letterhead.
May be carrying a laptop and/or bag with a Census Bureau logo.
For the first time, the U.S. Census Bureau will conduct the decennial electronically. The move to online forms offers many benefits, including significant cost savings. However, many people have concerns about privacy and the possibility of fraudulent activity.
The Census Bureau is taking many measures to protect your information, but there are also ways you can help protect yourself.
First, remember that official census workers will never ask for:
Your full Social Security number
Money or donations
Anything on behalf of a political party
Bank or credit card account numbers
Your mother’s maiden name
If you get an email request that you’re not sure about:
Do not reply, do not click on any links and do not open any attachments.
Forward the e-mail or website URL to the Census Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org
Delete the message. The Census Bureau will investigate and notify you of the findings.
If you get postal mail that causes you to suspect a scam:
Check that the return address is Jeffersonville, Indiana.
Call the Regional Office for Missouri (1-800-865-6384) to verify whether it is legitimate.