Census scam warning issued to households in Chesterfield
Households in Chesterfield are being warned following reports that scammers are cold-calling people to claim they have filled in their Census forms incorrectly and 'fine' them.
The Census is conducted every decade to count the number of people in England and Wales, along with other details.
Households are legally required to fill out the form by March 21, and those who do not fill it out or give false information can be fined up to £1,000.
But now fraudsters are using the nationwide survey and potential fine for their own benefit.
Chesterfield Borough Council said: “We’ve been made aware of a new scam that uses the Census.
“People posing as Census officers have been calling residents and claiming they need to pay a fine. If there are errors on your Census return you will be contacted by post.
“Please do not give your details out to these scammers and let us know if you have been contacted by someone claiming to be a Census officer.”