Video: 5 ways to avoid Census scams

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provided by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

WASHINGTON, DC (February 29, 2020) – “We’ve learned that scammers are very shrewd and adept at capitalizing on current events,” said Kathy Stokes, director, fraud prevention programs, AARP. “The Census has been in the news, so most people are expecting to hear soon from the Census Bureau. Scammers will use that to their advantage as they aim to deceive people into sharing sensitive information or handing over money.”

Forty-five percent of people age 50 and older have been contacted by a government impostor, as compared to 35% of those ages 18 to 49. AARP Live released this video to help prepare seniors and others to participate in the 2020 Census:

Invitations to respond to the Decennial Census will be mailed to U.S. households in March. Responses to the Census questions may be submitted online or via mail or telephone. By May, Census workers will begin visiting or contacting households that have not yet responded.

For more tips about discerning legitimate Census workers from potential fraudsters, visit the tips page on the AARP website:

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