Ahead of Census Day (Sunday 21 March), Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership advised that it may be useful to know more about the Census to help prevent scams:
This is the first ‘digital Census’, with most people being asked to complete the census online (help is available for those who need it)
The Census team will not call households for information about their census, unless they have made an appointment with the Census Contact Centre, or they have raised a query or made a complaint. There will be no cold calls.
If people complete the census form online, there will be no home visits by Census Officers.
If people don’t complete their form, Census Officers may visit people’s homes to offer help to complete it. They will carry official identification cards with a photograph and the officer’s name. They will never ask to enter the property.
Census Officers will never ask for national insurance numbers, passwords, bank account details, or credit or debit card numbers.