Any request for survey information from the Census Bureau will be clearly identified as coming from the U.S. Census Bureau and as OFFICIAL BUSINESS of the United States.
It is a Federal offense for anyone to pretend they represent the Census Bureau, or any other office of the United States Government. Section 912 of Title 18, U.S. Code, states the following:
"Whoever Falsely assumes or pretends to be an officer or employee acting under the authority of the United States or any department, agency or officer thereof, and acts as such, or in such pretended character demands or obtains any money, paper, document, or thing of value, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both."
Census Bureau surveys look different from other surveys, and we provide information that will help you in answering the census or survey.
When you are in a Census Bureau household survey, you may receive a letter from the Census Bureau Director, notifying you that, in a few days, your household will receive
This letter will also tell you whether your participation is mandatory or voluntary, and that your responses are confidential and protected by law.
If you have any questions or concerns about a survey, please call or e-mail the Census Bureau Regional Office in your area.
If a Census Bureau employee has called you and you would like to verify that the person calling is indeed a Census Bureau employee you may confirm this by using the telephone center number or email on the Contact the National Processing Center page.
When you contact us, if you can provide any of the following information, it will help us respond more quickly: