The phone number that appears IS for the US Census it is not a Scam. The return number is 888 or 800 it connects to a federal recording and directs your call to an open phone center, which could be in Indiana (the 812 area code) or another phone center in another state. I know because I work for the Jeffersonville location.
I have received 3 calls from 812-218-3144 requesting me to call 800-972-5651
and give an ID# with regards to the Village that I Clerk for. These calls are on my cell phone, one referring to me, one addressed to the Mayor and the one today not referencing anyone. I called the US Census Bureau and they were to check into this matter. As of today no one has called me back. Illinois
Called at 6:38 pm CST - SCAM
Number showed as 812-218-3144
but was to call 888-817-2153 with a case#
I got a call from 812 218 3144. It was from the US Census Bureau, and they asked me to return the call to participate in a survey...888-817-2153
. I verified these numbers with the US Census Bureau.
These are valid numbers for the US Census Bureau. You can find these numbers at the US Census webpage https://www.census.gov/about/npc.html
These are legitimate US Census Bureau numbers for the Indiana call center. The bureau conducts many surveys year round in addition to the big census every 10 years. Our cooperation is helpful.
Caller ID showed 812-218-3144
said she was with the
Census Bureau called at 8:08 PM Phone number she left on answering machine
While reporting this number (812-218-3144) I got a call from 240-420-6029
! I solved the problem by turning on and connecting my fax machine to my land-based phone. I hope that the annoying sound of the fax beeps their ears off! Problem solved.
MamaGChicago Dec 05th, 2013
I keep seeing this on my caller ID. Usually ignore it; tonight I just clicked 'talk' and set the phone down. They hung up pretty quickly. Also retrieved one voice mail, left last Sat. (02NOV13).
"neither your silly lawyer nor the news media nor the President himself could overcome my federal authority to be on your stoop and politely helping your compliance with law"
Federal law does not give you the power to override me telling you to stay off my property.
Private property rights can only be set aside by police with a warrant or exigent circumstances. Good luck convincing a judge that refusing to answer a voluntary survey merits that.
(And since only the 10-year & 5-year censi are mandatory, you can refuse to answer anything else. Even then, legally they only need to know how many people live there.)
call came in "Census Bureau". Woman said she was with the U.S> Census Bureau. I also got calls from 520-798-4152
"Bureau Census" and 420-6029 "Census Bureau". They call early in the morning, all afternoon and as late as 9 p.m. I'm sick of them. They threaten to have you arrested if you don't answer their questions. This has been going on for the last two MONTHS. To hell with them and their questions.
8122183144 census bureau keeps calling my home phone and she is rude and wont leave me alone. calls back repeatedly and even on sundays and early morning on my days off. this is harrassment. she is loud and persistant and also how did they get my phone number since it is unlisted.
sherry bishop Feb 07th, 2013
Said they were from the census bureau, asked if I was the "man of the house" I said yes. She asked if my address was another street in another town, I said "No" she asked what my address was, I told her and she said I was not eligible for the survey. We have two land lines in the house, this call came in on a line that used to be my wife's business phone which she activated in 2008. In 2011, she changed it to a non-business, regular land line with AT&T. We get very few unsolicited calls on this number. What's very strange is that the address she gave me in the nearby town NEVER and I mean NEVER was associated with this phone number. This phone number is a very unique number in our area and because of it's uniqueness, NO ONE want's it. I've been tracking this phone number for over 20 years and it was never assigned to the address the lady said it was.
This sure seems to be a legitimate call from the US Census Bureau but I honestly cannot with 100% certainty that it is. I'm reasonably convince that they are but I really don't care to waste more time trying to figure out whether or not this is a legitimate call because the caller didn't seem to be as out of line in my case as others have said here.
They claim to be from the census bureau. I don't believe it. Why would they be calling my business at night? Blocked their number and will continue to block them when they call from a new number. If they have a legitimate reason for contact, most governmental agencies do it by mail.
These callers have a lot of nerve. They call morning, noon and night. Anyone who thinks it's ok to give up your privacy and succumb to every dictate of this increasingly socialistic government should take another look at those who followed blindly every command of Adolf Hitler. These so called survey or census calls are intrusive and anti-American.
What is happening to this country when the an individual's rights mean nothing. Surveys and demographics just categorize us - compromising our individuality and identity. Bottom line, your personal info is yours and none of anyone else's business. Big Gov already has enough on each one of us anyway - Simply don't answer the call.
Live person (!) said she was from the census bureau, and had to verify that my phone number was attached to an address. The address she gave wasn't in my town (the number and street weren't), but the town and state were right. She apologized for all the calls (I haven't been answering them for weeks), and said they should stop now. We'll see.
May be legit if they leave a valid call back number.
If you completed a 'census survey' for an older person (as I did for my +90 year old mother, and used my phone number). They may call you...
Verify the number is a valid US Census caller, Call them at the 800 #'s below :
U.S. Census Bureau
National Processing Center
1201 East 10th Street
Jeffersonville, IN 47132
If you have not been contacted about a survey and are looking for general Census Bureau information, please call 301-763-INFO (4636) or 800-923-8282
and they can better answer
want to verify that the person who called you is a Census Bureau employee,
have a question about a survey form you received, or
need to return a call about one of our surveys
please contact us at one of these numbers:
Hagerstown, MD: 1-800-392-6975
Jeffersonville, IN: 1-800-523-3205
Tucson, AZ: 1-800-642-0469
Hours of operation for the telephone centers:
Monday - Friday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Caller: US Census caller
Call Type: Survey
this is really the us census bureau, not a telemarketer, it is a federal govt call center number.
Legitimate call from the U.S. Census Bureau conducting a phone survey for the Consumer Price Index.
Participation is voluntary. You can ask them to stop calling you by contacting 800-523-3205
and telling them your phone number or the case number from their voicemails.
I've also been getting these calls from 812-218-3144, so today, May 13, 2012, I decided to check the validity of these calls.
I got onto the Census.gov website and found a number to call. It's Sunday, and they're there till 9p. I talked to a person there and she asked for my phone number, and sure enough, she came up with the same case number that the people calling from 812-218-3144 were giving me. She said that these phone surveys are legit and are voluntary. She asked me if I wanted to do the survey and I said no. She said that's fine and will note that on my case number.
, (National Processing Center).
Hope this helps...
I just receive a call from this number. Someone with a heavy foreign accent said he was calling from the U.S. Census Bureau. I may have caught him off guard when I said, "Bull Sh*t!!" and hung up on him. Do these people think we were born yesterday?
The caller sounded drunk,heavy breather...very unprofessional...she wanted to know goofy things like "how much kerosene did we use last year" and "what was our annual gas bill" and then...income based questions. I told her to "stuff it"...she threated legal action...I said "bring it on"!!! Monday morning my conggress-critter will get a call..asking "what have you unleashed on us"?
Received a call August 3, 2011 ai 9:17AM , call said it was Census Bureau, when I caled the number back it was disconnected
Received a call August 3, 2011 at 9:17AM I tired to call back number disconnected, also called Time Warner
What Sara reports is a fairly common reason for the bureau to place calls. They want to be sure the field reps aren't falsifying data, which at the least is grounds for instant termination if not imprisonment.
Resident47 Apr 23rd, 2011
This is a legitimate call. They called me in reference to a survey I answered online to verify info. None of the questions would help anyone steal your identity or your money.
Sunny, like I said way back in October, all of two comments behind yours, if you don't trust the caller you are welcome to contact your regional bureau office for a second opinion. Also as stated, the Bureau has a number of ongoing surveys outside of decennial years.
"Real", the only thing which burdened the taxpayers in last summer's count was the unthinking hostility of pseudo-patriots who dragged out cases through repeat visits from multiple enumerators, either because of their so-cute fraudulent answers, refusals to give data already handed out to far less trustworthy commercial concerns, or plain hiding behind the window curtains like cowards. These enumerators were not "da gubmint" interlopers, they were your own neighbors living right in your area and having the same stake in an accurate count.
You are never going to get a *mandatory* bureau survey like ACS "defunded" when Congress and countless fed and state gov programs REQUIRE this data to function more fairly, efficiently and, guess what, in a fiscally responsible manner. This concept has been understood from the very first Census and was baked into its design by James Madison .... hardly a wine party liberal, that one. You don't like what ACS asks, fine ... petition for revision, but don't assume your personal discomfort invalidates the entire survey.
I myself will not be fining anyone. I was just the local surveyor doing his part in a temp job. It's also true that the Bureau is more interested in cooperation than coercion. Whether or not I could get fines enforced, neither your silly lawyer nor the news media nor the President himself could overcome my federal authority to be on your stoop and politely helping your compliance with law.
Resident47 Apr 13th, 2011
I didn't trust the people..so I gave them the wrong address. I don't understand why the census bueareau is calling in 2011. The big pitch was LAST YEAR..So..wtf?
Every person that receives the American community survey should discard it.
It is addressed to Resident (not you).
Most important note to all of you good citizens is that no one has ever been fined or jailed for not filing out this intrusive survey!
Everyone should write their senators and representatives asking for the ACS to be defunded, it is costing the taxpayers way too much! Especially when our government needs to start being a little more conservative on spending. http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm is the link to contact your senator and request them to de-fund the American Community Survey. I believe in the 10 question survey and filled it out. So come on resident 47 /Fine me -- so my lawyer and the Associated Press can see you in Court!
Real American Feb 12th, 2011
As a Census Enumerator I would like to address the angry misinformation found throughout this thread. The Bureau conducts other surveys beyond the easy ten question decennial census operation which ran this Spring and Summer. Most famous is the very detailed American Community Survey, which may ask for data some respondents find discomforting to reveal. Some of us in the field wish the Bureau would suspend all other surveys in a decennial year, as it creates confusion and annoyance when multiple Census personnel are knocking and calling in the same month for different purposes.
Collected data is used for statistical modeling, long range planning, and other research by your own local government, local realtors, local genealogists, and so on. You will note several news stories are out now based on 2010 Census findings, describing for example which states are suffering worst in the present Recession. You cannot expect good legislation without good data on demographics and trends. And, for the very last time, the Bureau does not bloody care what your name is and how you personally run your life. Only statistical data can be requested by entities tapping Census records, and only for a valid reason. Under USC Title 13 data is locked so tight not even the FBI can see it. (Not for lack of trying; the Supreme Court once shot down their demands in a gavel pound.)
Bureau reps do place phone calls for various quality control reasons and when respondents are elusive. Those of you who think you're cute with the gag answers and angered refusals are only making the process longer and more costly, and likely cheating your whole town out of badly needed funds and development. If you're not convinced your caller or visitor is a sworn Federal employee, you may contact the Bureau yourself for the real story.
Resident47 Oct 04th, 2010
called to "REMIND " us we need to fill out this book of questions I would never tell my sister let alone this government agency . Invasion of privacy , id theft is easily had and they want me to discuss all things personal plus other offensive questions . I am broiling mad . If ever there was a lesson for future gen, it is Big Brother in your business .
Didn't answer the call, googled the number instead. Might have decided it was a legit call if not for the fact that a reverse search shows it to be an unpublished number which is also NOT listed on the USCensus.gov website as one belonging to the New York regional office. Of course being in the midwest I have to wonder why I'm not getting called by the regional off in KC.
have to wonder Sep 04th, 2010
NO GOVT AGENCY SHOULD COLD CALL FOR ANY PERSONAL INFO. it's as simple as that.
this open's the door for scammers to do the same.
NotParanoid Sep 01st, 2010
It's really bad that the Census is calling people like this... You know there will be scam artist who claim to be from the census, ask a few common questions first, then ask for things like your SS#, birth date, etc. Identity Theft waiting to happen...
When did American's start getting so scared of everything?
Just buy a phone set that blocks phone numbers and be done with these jerks.
Guys seriously you are thinking way too much into this!
You filled out the form, people call to verify and clarify any information. Sometimes a name could be Jones, Bob instead of Bob Jones, They dont ask for Social Security Numbers and only in some cases such as adding a person to the roster ask for birthdates. They do ask for addresses but they have been doing this for 200 years. Why are you guys so paranoid?
If they ask for Social Security Numbers then its a scam. Verifying your phone number and making sure it matches on the form you sent in is one way to verify they have the correct home ... Gee Whiz ...
Theyre a collection agency.
This is an effort at Identity Theft. DO NOT ANSWER THE QUESTIONS.
this is definitely a scam. Do not answer. Do not give them any information. If you have to answer the phone tell them you are going to report them to the FTC and the at attorney General.
Call from number: 812-218-3144 Caller ID:US Census Bureau
THIS IS A SCAM!! DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY INFORMATION!
I called the real US Census Bureau, and they have never heard of this number. The Census Bureau confirmed that it DOES NOT CALL people, they go door-to-door.
Find the phone number for your regional Census Bureau at this site: http://www.census.gov
Report any calls coming from 812-218-3144 to your local Census Bureau office or to the FTC: http://www.ftc.gov
The Census Bureau keeps calling and I don't want to talk to them. My freedom to choose. Your rights end where my nose begins. Swing all you want. Touch me and I'll sue.
Elroy Jetson Jan 13th, 2010
I enjoy these calls. I give the phone to my 2 year old boy and let him answer the questions. Or I tell them I have to go get my dad cause i'm not suppose to talk to strangers, then I just put the phone down until the hang up.
is a legitimate Census Bureau number. This call was made in response to a Census Survey returned a month ago and the caller left a case number and the above phone number on my answering machine. When I returned the call, the interviewer was very polite and simply wanted to verify several questions previously answered on the survey. She initially verified the name and address on the survey before asking clarification questions. Neither of these would have appeared on Caller ID for me so the call was perfectly legitimate. My reply took a total of
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This number (along with one other number (213 area code) with the same CID name) keeps calling about 3-4 times a day, even on the weekend. Never answer it. I have been turning my answering machine off and let it ring. It rings about 14 times and then stops. Persistent bastards.
I tried a trick that I use with automated sales calls: playing the SIT tone and message "(doo doo doot) We're sorry, the number you have called...". This seems to have stopped it. You can find a recording of the SIT tone (means Special Information Tone in phone company lingo) online or just call a number you know is out of service and use an inexpensive digital recorder to record it. It seems to work with quite a few automated cold call systems. I have it on a small digital recorder that I leave by my phone. That way it is only one button push away.
S E Shoesmith Jun 13th, 2009
I got the call on my cell phone. The guy told me he was calling random numbers. I told him I did not accept random, unsolicited calls on my cell phone and hung up on him.
I had been receiving those calls (two different numbers) several times a day on my land line. I disconnected it and have a go phone - not registered to my name. Received the call on it at 8:30 pm sunday night. Out of curiosity asked the woman (who did not identify herself) how she got that number as its unregistered and was told "those no such thing as a throw away phone and we're the government and can get any information we want". So I told her that being the case there was no need for me to fill out there form as they could get the info themselves and hung up. 5 minutes later received another call from a different number - let it go to voicemail and automated message to call yet a different number. What a crock.
Hmm... I just called them back more to see what they were after... they want to do a 7 to 10 minute survey that helps regulate the consumer price index. Interesting how they called a few days after I switched the billing name and contact for the phone number here at the house. Same phone number, same address for the phone number for sixty something years. I've filled out the census info sent to my address each year I've received it... they're definitely after more information, but information we, as citizens, don't have to relay. So if you want to help regulate the CPI, go for it!!! (I didn't) lol.
I have gotten calls everyday from this number for two weeks. I finally called back and the woman asked me to verify my phone #. I did and she asked me if I lived at such and such address. It was incorrect and I told her so. She then said thanks and hung up.
I sent The American Community Survey form in two weeks ago only answering 3 questions, 1. Number of adults living at this address; 2. Ages of these adults; 3. Sex of these adults. These are the only questions you are required to answer.
I received a call from the "census bureau". They told me to call 888-817-2153
. Why would they be calling me at work?
Been receiving 2 calls daily also, They call hang up and call right back. I answered once and the lady told me the same thing about the needing the phone number and address verification and not receiving my survey back, BUT it would only take about 20 minute to complete the survey over the phone. I told her I needed verification before I would give out any info. I went to the American Community Survey website after reading the other comments below to check out the survey and there is no way I'm going to answer or give out that kind of information for all their questions. To much "Identity Theft" already.
Yep started receiving phone calls. I finally talked to someone and since they could not verify who they were well enough to ease my suspicion...I refused to answere their questions. I was told my "case" would be handed over to the Department of Justice and I laughed. I told them that if they continued to call me I would just keep erasing the messages, and that I would welcome a chance to talk to the Department of Justice when they finally got around to chasing after me so I could talk to them about the fundamental right to privacy. Just another Government scam...I also told the phone operator that if they wanted to know that much about me to call the FBI, because that was the only way they were going to get. Now I know how the term "going postal" was invented! LOL
The survey by mail lasted 3 months, August, Sept & October. The people who were making calls in November and December were very unprofessonal people. They are required to give you their name, and they would not. It was a scam.
It was in fact the Census Bureau, this is their American Community Survey (Look it up on google) phone number if you did not send in your form or if they just have not recieved it yet. It's 100% legit, if you doubt it you can call information (1-your area code-555-1212) read the number back to them and they'll confirm it as I did.
Adam Charles Jan 04th, 2008
Trying to get personal information....hang up and call the Telephone Fraud Hotline
It is 1-800-269-0271
Gov. callers are required to identify themselves with name & worker id. A tel SCAM is going on across the US. Don't give out any personal information. Tell them you know what the purpose of their call is & hang up. The telephone Fraud Hotline is 1-800-269-0271
Arthur L . Esq Dec 17th, 2007
This is a SCAM....beware & donot give out personal information.
I sent in my survey in the postage paid envelope to the official address. Then these people started calling to say that they didn't receive it and ask me to do it over online. How did they get my tel number, but don't know my name?
I said no and they keep calling....it's a pain! They are calling from several different telephone numbers. The 812-218-3144 & it says "US Census Bureau" & is one of them. The official census workers HAVE to identify themselves by name if they have to call for extra information. Report them to Internet Crime Reports: www.ic3.gov
i did not answer. what govt. office is open at 9:07 on a Sat. morning?"
umm, hours are 9-9...
they call businesses earlier than that too.
but no, a business shouldnt be open early..[/sarcasm]
continue bitching. the black suv's will arrive shortly
i did not answer. what govt. office is open at 9:07 on a Sat. morning?
Well I got a call from this number for the very first time (that I am aware of). Like an idiot I answered the phone because hey it was the Census Bureau. Like that makes a difference! That "I want to help" mentality kicked in I guess. I usually don't answer any call except from family Hey that's why we have caller ID and an answering machine right? Anyway a lady answered and wanted to verify that the phone number che was calling was to a particular address. I thought it odd because that WAS my old address in 2000 before I bought a house and moved. And that phone number moved with me. She said thank you and that she had mailed a survey to that address but needed no further information. My wife and I thought it was strange and of course I panicked a bit thinking that I had given away some kind of secret information. I would not have particiapted in a further survey if they had asked because my feeling is that they could just mail a survey to me, or anyone else. Anyway I don't really feel violated now that I have read all these other posts.
In all my years, I have never received a "call" from the census bureau. Here's the good part of this - the 888 number was the number left on the answering machine for us to call back. The number that showed up on the caller ID was actually 812-218-3144
. This sounds like a phishing call to me.
I finally told them to stop harassing me and enough was enough. I told them to put on their listing ears as I was only going to say this once. I told them to leave me alone and nothing would make me give them any more information and nothing would change my mind.
I picked up the phone, got a person to talk, told them i wasnt interested and stop calling. Now they call every single day, two to three times. How do you get them to stop!!!!!!!!!!!
They have called at least 3 to 4 times A DAY, from various numbers. Very harrassing - and they gave my babysitter a hard time as well. Can they really keep this up forever?!
These people keep calling me and leaving the same message to call back and reference this number. They call on Sundays they call as late as 9 pm at night. I am new in the area, new phone number and have received no mailings. I tried calling back and get automated message to reference my number. If they are legitimate then they should identify themselves better and call during normal hours! I am not answering questions without proof. Too much identity theft and scams.
I answered my cnesus questionaire when it went out so enough already!
I got a call from those idiots as well. Asking me to complete my survey that I send in. I only gave them the information of how lived in the house and how many there were. I did not see a reason that they should know how many water fixtures I had. This lady wanted me to go out and count how many apartments there were in the complex, what the hell?! I told her that I have the right to my privacy. I told her that most of the stuff on that survey either I didn't know, it didn't apply to me or it was none of their business. She told me that it was mandatory and that I had to. I told her that I didn't have to do sh*t. She said that I didn't have a choice because building contractors needed to know that kind of information. I told her that I wasn't going to give her any other information and if they didn't like it to sue me. She said that they'd be calling back. I told her not to expect an answer.
Big brother is watching us! Is this really our government? What have we come to?
"when we answer questions perhaps our government can do a better job for us." No, I think our government can do a better job if it answers our questions.
This is the American Community Survey. Google it and you will find out all about this highly intrusive 24 page "survey" mainly designed to keep census bureau employment at full strength every year and not just every tenth year, as the constitution requires.
scam & waste of time
Californie Aug 04th, 2007
I recived a call Fri. 8/03.The caller was a rather nice business-like gentleman. He said the survey was address based so he asked to confirm the address. I asked questions about the survey. He answered every question. I did not feel threatened. He told me I did not have to answer any questions I felt uncomfortable about. But none of the questions were really invasive. I believed this to be a legitimate call. However I did follow up on the call and confirmed through my congressman it was such. I believe in today's social climate many people are afraid of our government. And more afraid to give information due to Identity theft. If we all relax and think about what we are saying when we answer questions perhaps our government can do a better job for us.
I too received a call from this number today, Sunday, at 5:09pm. The message left was that it was the Census Bureau and I was to call back at 888-419-7586
in reference to a case number. If what I read here is that it is about more questions I'm not going to return the call. I answered enough of their nosy questions on their recent census. I find it very interesting that so many people said that they had the wrong address.
I've been getting several of these clowns calling me (812-218-3144) Caller ID says Census Bureau. They don't identify themselves and start off by asking if this is phone number XXX-XXXX. I tell them it's none of their business. What do you want? They say we can't ask you any questions unless we verify this phone number. We go round and around and I REFUSE to answer any questions. I told them they were invading my privacy. I tell them to quit calling me and they are harrassing me. "But it's for your own good." I tell them the gov't is no good and they haven't done a single thing for me except tax me to death!
Hee, hee I started asking the lady some personal questions about herself, she told me it was none of my business! LOL! Clunk!
they are harassing me. what if i dont want to talk to them. is the NSA going to come haul me away for non-compliant under the patriot act?
Usually they call me from 812.218.3144, twice today (Sunday). and just now from 520.798.4152. I got early info on how to deal with them........don't! Ignore everything. If I don't know the number I don't answer. If I get a message, it is earased. If, and sometime they will, they come to your house, don't answer the door.
A lady said that I hadn't completed a survey that would be used to determine where funding for housing,
streets, and schooling would be used. I replied that I hadn't received any survey. She said that they sent an advance card, the survey packet, and a follow
up letter. They said it was sent to the residence address, and may have looked like junk mail. I again said I never received
any mailings. They said that failure to comply could result in fines up to
$5000.00, so I could go on line or answer over the phone. I told them to send me another survey, but they couldn't do that. I asked them, as I got madder, why the survey wasn't marked better, or why it wasn't done in person, and there response was that they didn't have the funding. I then talked to this ladies supervisor, who denied that they would inpose any fines. I told them to either send another letter or let me alone. They then hung up. What made me real mad was that they got through my call screaning, and the call took place at 8:20pm cdt. If there was just a way to call these people on their private time and give them greef, I would do it in a heart beat.
like other post, elegible for a survey if proper address went with phone number. she had the wrong address. she asked for the new address which I declined to give. She would not give her name, and said 'thank you' and hung up. you might notice the caller ID shows Burea, not Bureau. I think it is a scam.
Yup, the census. I got through to a human at the 1-888-817-2153
. I hate this organization trying to push their socialist agendas on me. I let them know I would only answer the one question and that was how many people live at my residence. He noted I, "refused to cooperate." The census is for representation in the government only not a means to determine who gets how much of uncle sugar's candy. I have a right to privacy and besides, the true census is taken every 10 years. The current year is 2007; sounds like a government scam to me! Why do you people constantly vote for these clowns!?!?!?
I received a number of these calls on my answering machine early in March. I looked up the regional U.S. Census Bureau and phoned them, telling them of my concerns, and gave them the numbers that showed up on my caller id. A VERY nice woman explained to me that these numbers were in fact legitimate agencies contracted by the Bureau to take a census, or something called a census survey (not the same thing). She was actually pleased and surprised that I had called to verify the legitimacy.
I returned the phone call to the above phone #. They too had the wrong address and told me that I needn't take the survey at that time until they could verify that my own dwelling had been chosen for it.
Another # that might come up is 888-817-2153
The woman at the bureau also told me that these calls would be coming in from a few different areas.
Left a voicemail on my cell phone, saying it was the Census Bureau, asking for a return call regarding a "case number" that the woman provided. Caller ID said "Indiana call." Did not call, as it sounded suspicious. Have received three other calls from same number with no message since.
My elderly aunt received a call from this number. They apparently asked lots of questions, which made no sense to her, and then hung up and said they'd call back. They've called twice, but she's afraid to answer the phone. They never identified them selves by their name, which according to the us census website, all of their employees are required to do.
Called my cellphone a couple of minutes ago. When I answered, the caller on the other end hung up.
Abomination Feb 08th, 2007
This is the US Census Bureau. Please return our call to 1-888-817-2153
and refer to case #2919.
Caller ID said "Census Bureau 812-218-3144"
So I tried to find some reference on the US Census web page to some sort of telephone solicitation and failed. I worried that it would be an automated system that would ask for the case ID to be entered in, perhaps the start of a long-distance phone billing scam or something, but I went ahead and called it to see what I'd get. A machine did answer, claiming to be the US Census Bureau, but then it connected me to a person who, after discovering that I no longer lived at my old address, declined further interview. She only asked for my new zip code, not my new address. She never asked for my name (or used it). Pretty weird.
She wanted to verify my address, saying I might be elegible for a survey, then gave me the wrong address, and asked me for my address. I told her that since she had the wrong address and I could not verify the legitamacy of her call I could not give her the info. She said thank you and hung up.
Wanted to confirm my mailing address. Said we may be asked to participate in a survey.
census bureau to follow up on why I did not fill out form.
i am not sure what the people wanted i was unable to answear the phone and they left no message