FRAUDSTERS are using the Census to try and scam victims out of their cash.

Barnsley Council official have urged residents to remain cautious when receiving emails or texts claiming to be from the official Census 2021 website.

The scam starts with a text with a link to a phishing site which mimics the official Census website and demands payment for late or incorrect completion of census.

The fake site asks for card and bank details which allow them to take a victim’s funds.

Field officers will never ask for payment or bank details.

A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: “Be vigilant, cautious and listen to your instincts.

“Don’t be afraid to end a call, bin a letter, delete an email or shut the door.

“If you think you’ve been scammed, tell your bank and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

“Always report a possible scam - it could save someone else from becoming a victim.”