Updated: Mar 22, 2020
During this time where health, finances and the next few months are up in the air, scammers and the unintentional sharing of false information are in full force and can take advantage of vulnerable citizens. Today, I received a text from a friend about completing a Census form in order to receive a Stimulus check of $1000 per adult in my household and $500 for each child. My "scam senses" kicked in and I decided to do some research and here's what I found.
From the Census Bureau https://2020census.gov/en/news-events/rumors/stimulus-packages.html
Census Responses Not Tied to Potential Stimulus Packages
Will filling out the 2020 Census impact whether you receive a stimulus check?No. Your answers cannot be used to impact your eligibility for any government benefits, including any potential stimulus package. The Census Bureau is bound by Title 13 of the U.S. Code to keep your information confidential, and the answers you provide are used only to produce statistics.As a reminder, it is easier than ever to complete the Census online, by phone, or by mail. Completing the 2020 Census helps determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. The results of the count also determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives and is used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
From the Nevada Census Bureau...
“Understandably, there are growing concerns about the public health situation, unfortunately that same concern is a beacon for scammers and fraudulent claims around the Census count. There is absolutely no connection between the proposed coronavirus stimulus package and the 2020 Census count. If residents hear, read or receive texts or emails or any phone calls claiming as such, they are all false.”
~ KERRY DURMICK, NEVADA CENSUS 2020 STATEWIDE COORDINATOR
Source: Read the full article here
While fling out a Census form is a good thing to do as a U.S. citizen, it won't get you a check. What's even worse is that some of the web links are not to the Census and can be used to collect personal information that may be used illegally. It is best to wait on government officials and reliable news outlets to share the information as to when and how to apply for the potential stimulus package.