Warwickshire Trading Standards latest scams, rogue traders and frauds alert

Warwickshire Trading Standards is warning residents to beware of Census scam text messages.

Residents have reported receiving a text message that states that the recipient made a mistake on their form and will have to pay a £200 fine. They are then directed to a bogus Census website.

Residents MUST NOT respond to these text messages, that may also appear as emails.


  • At no point will you be asked for your national insurance number, passwords, bank account details, or your credit or debit card numbers, nor any payment
  • You will not receive any payment for completing the census, so any offers of money in exchange for your account details will be fraudulent
  • You will not be called for information about the census unless you’ve made an appointment with the Census Contact Centre or made a query or complaint
  • No-one will enter your home in relation to the census
  • Help to fill out your form is free (for more information visit: https://census.gov.uk/ or phone 0800 141 2021)
  • You can report a fraud direct to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Published: 24th March 2021