Darren Doyle, story: photo courtesy of the 2020 Census:
The U.S. Census is getting underway all across America and also in Edmonson County. Census workers reached out to the Edmonson Voice and said that while it's safe, easy, and necessary for all households to participate in the census, unfortunately there have already been reports of scam attempts.
While no types of census scams or attempts have been reported in Edmonson County, officials have asked us to pass along the following tips that could help keep any such attempts out of the community.
Avoiding Scams Online
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.
It is important to know that the Census Bureau will not send unsolicited emails to request your participation in the 2020 Census. Further, during the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask for:
Staying Safe at Home
If someone visits your home to collect a response for the 2020 Census, you can do the following to verify their identity:
Reporting Suspected Fraud
If you suspect fraud, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local 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.