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UPDATE 10/20 Census Bureau Just Left My House!! Letter from CENSUS Bureau; Wanting Me to Keep A Daily Journal of My Spending!!

 
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Census Bureau just left my house, LOL. The guy hardly spoke a lick of english, his accent was so strong it was hard to tell what he was saying! He said,

"Ello, I em frum de Census Bureau, ju got ah ledder frum us say-ing dat ve be coming to talk wit ju."

ME: "Yeah, um i'm not interested."

Him: "Ven is a gud time fur me to come back?"

Me: "There is no good time, thank you but i'm not interested".

Him: "I jus have dis pack-ket to leave wit ju..."

Me: "I'm sorry, maybe you don't understand me, i'm not interested".

Him: "Okay den, dat is yur priv-e-lidge"

Then he went to his car that sported an El Salvador flag hanging from the rear view mirror and got his laptop out and started typing something. He sat in front of my house for about 7 minutes and only left after I went outside and turned the sprinkler on :)

I guess i'll just have to wait and see if he comes back another day, LOL.

********************

WTH is this? Today I got a letter addressed to "RESIDENT" from the Census Bureau in an envelope with a 41 cent stamp and 3 penny stamps, not the typical prepaid envelope government agencies use when mailing things.

Inside the letter said the following: (couldn't scan and import, sorry)

FROM THE DIRECTOR
U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

We are contacting you to request your help with an important survey - the Consumer Expenditure Survey. The U.S. Census Bureau is conducting this survey for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Your responses help update the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The CPI is the most important tool used to measure how fast prices are rising or declining. It already affects wages, pensions, and the cost of goods and services. Your response is a service to your community and the country.

Your participation in this survey is essential; however, you may choose to decline to answer any particular question. Federal law authorizes the collection of this information (Titles 13 and 29 of the United States Code), and Sections 9 and 214 of Title 13 require us to keep all information about you and your household strictly confidential, and to use that information for statistical purposes only.

Soon a field representative will contact you for an interview and show you an official identification card. Please welcome him or her.

On the back of this letter are answers to questions you may have about this survey. If you would like more information, please contact the following:

Regional Director
U.S. Census Bureau
15350 Sherman Way, Suite 400
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Telephone 1(1800)992-3530

Thank you for your cooperation in this important survey. We appreciate your help.

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves


(some of what is on the BACK of the letter)

What kinds of question will I be asked?

We will ask you to record in a diary information about all the purchases you make. We will also ask the people who live in your household to record their purchases.

How long will the interview take?

We expect that it will take about 15 minutes to record your expenditures daily; in addition it will take about 25 minutes for each of our visits over this two week period.


****************

Anyone else get a letter like this? The paper is water marked and when held up to the light it has an eagle and the year 2009 so I think it's legit. I'll probably call my local Sheriff's department and Census Bureau to confirm it.

I've never heard of a survey like this and it is disturbing to think that they want me to keep a journal with my daily spending habits and purchases in it AND to take 25 minutes out of multiple days to entertain them by answering questions.

Any thoughts???

Thanks :)

Last Edited by TrixieMama on 10/20/2011 08:23 PM
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Reply to the address with their own letter and a post-it note that says "Go to hell", be sure to add the smile face.
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Hmmmm, I've never heard of this either. I don't suppose they'll pay you for your time, either.
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Lol. The census bureau. Fucking joke
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Reply to the address with their own letter and a post-it note that says "Go to hell", be sure to add the smile face.
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+1 karma when it's reloaded tonight :) I like the way you think!!!
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Reply to the address with their own letter and a post-it note that says "Go to hell", be sure to add the smile face.
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+1 karma when it's reloaded tonight :) I like the way you think!!!
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hf yeah I am out of karma too lol sucks.
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Hmmmm, I've never heard of this either. I don't suppose they'll pay you for your time, either.
 Quoting: Faith


Hi Faith :)

I'm sure they DON'T pay you for your time. Even if they did i'm hesitant to give them such personal information. What I spend my money on is my business. If they want to track it for CPI they can use my CC info which they already have access to or use the stores to track what people buy. Doesn't add up to me.

This is just another waste of our governments money at work. So pathetic.
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"I shall call upon the name of the Lord who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from mine enemies" Psalm 18:2-4
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Lol. The census bureau. Fucking joke
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Yes they are! :)
"I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me" Phillipians 4:13
"I shall call upon the name of the Lord who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from mine enemies" Psalm 18:2-4
"In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God." Psalm 62:6-8
"He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30
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Things in the US are getting more and more weirder
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Reply to the address with their own letter and a post-it note that says "Go to hell", be sure to add the smile face.
 Quoting: atomic811


+1 karma when it's reloaded tonight :) I like the way you think!!!
 Quoting: TrixieMama


hf yeah I am out of karma too lol sucks.
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:) I will get reloaded tonight and my word is good. Usually I give mine away in my karma thread that Faith and others have helped keep alive for quite sometime so mine doesn't reload until late in the evening. I haven't been online much other than to give my daily karma away lately, LOL. Anyway, I will follow through, check it tonight or tomorrow <3
"I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me" Phillipians 4:13
"I shall call upon the name of the Lord who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from mine enemies" Psalm 18:2-4
"In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God." Psalm 62:6-8
"He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30
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Things in the US are getting more and more weirder
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Can you say Police State? Next they will want to keep track of how often we poop and how much toilet paper we use. Unbelievable.

I wonder if I can get out of it without negative consequences?
"I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me" Phillipians 4:13
"I shall call upon the name of the Lord who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from mine enemies" Psalm 18:2-4
"In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God." Psalm 62:6-8
"He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30
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Your participation in this survey is essential; however, you may choose to decline to answer any particular question.
 Quoting: TrixieMama


Okay, I decline to answer this particular question.

And this one

And this one

And this one...
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If they get past the locked gate...then there is the vicious dog obstacle...then there is the vicious owner obstacle. lolrockon
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Your participation in this survey is essential; however, you may choose to decline to answer any particular question.
 Quoting: TrixieMama


Okay, I decline to answer this particular question.

And this one

And this one

And this one...
 Quoting: goodmockingbird


Right? Thats what I was thinking!!!

Great minds think alike :)

+1 positive karma tonight when i'm reloaded :)

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"I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me" Phillipians 4:13
"I shall call upon the name of the Lord who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from mine enemies" Psalm 18:2-4
"In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God." Psalm 62:6-8
"He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30
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If they get past the locked gate...then there is the vicious dog obstacle...then there is the vicious owner obstacle. lolrockon
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:) LOVE it!!

Now if I only had a locked gate, vicious dog and vicious owner. I'm much too lovable. LOL.

+1 positive karma tonight when i'm reloaded because I like the way you think :)
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"I shall call upon the name of the Lord who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from mine enemies" Psalm 18:2-4
"In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God." Psalm 62:6-8
"He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30
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They are probably not the Census Bureau but just a Marketing survey company. Even if they really are the Census Bureau which I doubt, no where in the letter did it quote any law or Congressional action that requires you to participate in their survey, or give the penalty for not participating. So just ignore it. I would.
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They are probably not the Census Bureau but just a Marketing survey company. Even if they really are the Census Bureau which I doubt, no where in the letter did it quote any law or Congressional action that requires you to participate in their survey, or give the penalty for not participating. So just ignore it. I would.
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^^THIS^^
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Things in the US are getting more and more weirder
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Can you say Police State? Next they will want to keep track of how often we poop and how much toilet paper we use. Unbelievable.

I wonder if I can get out of it without negative consequences?
 Quoting: TrixieMama


Yeah, real simple. Throw it in the trash.
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They are probably not the Census Bureau but just a Marketing survey company. Even if they really are the Census Bureau which I doubt, no where in the letter did it quote any law or Congressional action that requires you to participate in their survey, or give the penalty for not participating. So just ignore it. I would.
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Thank you!!! Wish you were a member so I could give you some positive karma :)
"I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me" Phillipians 4:13
"I shall call upon the name of the Lord who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from mine enemies" Psalm 18:2-4
"In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God." Psalm 62:6-8
"He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30
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Re: UPDATE 10/20 Census Bureau Just Left My House!! Letter from CENSUS Bureau; Wanting Me to Keep A Daily Journal of My Spending!!
They are probably not the Census Bureau but just a Marketing survey company. Even if they really are the Census Bureau which I doubt, no where in the letter did it quote any law or Congressional action that requires you to participate in their survey, or give the penalty for not participating. So just ignore it. I would.
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^^THIS^^
 Quoting: Life and Love


hf

+1 karma when i'm reloaded tonight :)
"I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me" Phillipians 4:13
"I shall call upon the name of the Lord who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from mine enemies" Psalm 18:2-4
"In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God." Psalm 62:6-8
"He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30
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Things in the US are getting more and more weirder
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2860173


Can you say Police State? Next they will want to keep track of how often we poop and how much toilet paper we use. Unbelievable.

I wonder if I can get out of it without negative consequences?
 Quoting: TrixieMama


Yeah, real simple. Throw it in the trash.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2924055


Thanks! I think I will do just that!

hf
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"I shall call upon the name of the Lord who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from mine enemies" Psalm 18:2-4
"In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God." Psalm 62:6-8
"He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30
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Well, there IS such a thing:

[link to www.census.gov]

but I don't think that's what was sent to you.


On the other hand, the phone # checks out, so who knows:

[link to www.census.gov]

Last Edited by Life and Love on 10/08/2011 08:30 PM
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Re: UPDATE 10/20 Census Bureau Just Left My House!! Letter from CENSUS Bureau; Wanting Me to Keep A Daily Journal of My Spending!!
Well, there IS such a thing:

[link to www.census.gov]

but I don't think that's what was sent to you.


On the other hand, the phone # checks out, so who knows:

[link to www.census.gov]
 Quoting: Life and Love


Thanks for that link!

That actually sounds like it but the link is for NY and i'm in CA and some of the specifics are different but similar. LOL. I'm so blonde. ;) And, being blonde just edited this because I read your second sentence, the numbers do check out!

IDK, i'm still really hesitant to give that kind of info. Legit or not. It's just so personal.

Thanks for searching that out and posting hun <3

Last Edited by TrixieMama on 10/08/2011 08:32 PM
"I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me" Phillipians 4:13
"I shall call upon the name of the Lord who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from mine enemies" Psalm 18:2-4
"In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God." Psalm 62:6-8
"He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30
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Re: UPDATE 10/20 Census Bureau Just Left My House!! Letter from CENSUS Bureau; Wanting Me to Keep A Daily Journal of My Spending!!
Well, there IS such a thing:

[link to www.census.gov]

but I don't think that's what was sent to you.


On the other hand, the phone # checks out, so who knows:

[link to www.census.gov]
 Quoting: Life and Love


Thanks for that link!

That actually sounds like it but the link is for NY and i'm in CA and some of the specifics are different but similar. LOL. I'm so blonde. ;) And, being blonde just edited this because I read your second sentence, the numbers do check out!

IDK, i'm still really hesitant to give that kind of info. Legit or not. It's just so personal.

Thanks for searching that out and posting hun <3
 Quoting: TrixieMama


You're welcome! I wouldn't do it, either. <3
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They are probably not the Census Bureau but just a Marketing survey company. Even if they really are the Census Bureau which I doubt, no where in the letter did it quote any law or Congressional action that requires you to participate in their survey, or give the penalty for not participating. So just ignore it. I would.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 2394678


Apparently there really is a Consumer Expenditure Survey

[link to www.bls.gov]

Is this letter 'the' real one, or a marketting/ phishing scam?

Only the return address on the letter's envelope would definitively answer that.

This is the real census bureau physical address:

4600 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, Maryland 20746
(800) 923-8282

Here is where to report mail fraud (and these folks do play hardball) if it is a social engineering/ phishing scam:

[link to postalinspectors.uspis.gov (secure)]

(or just google us postal inspectors, go to mail fraud link)
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WTH is this? Today I got a letter addressed to "RESIDENT" from the Census Bureau in an envelope with a 41 cent stamp and 3 penny stamps, not the typical prepaid envelope government agencies use when mailing things.

Inside the letter said the following: (couldn't scan and import, sorry)

FROM THE DIRECTOR
U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

We are contacting you to request your help with an important survey - the Consumer Expenditure Survey. The U.S. Census Bureau is conducting this survey for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Your responses help update the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The CPI is the most important tool used to measure how fast prices are rising or declining. It already affects wages, pensions, and the cost of goods and services. Your response is a service to your community and the country.

Your participation in this survey is essential; however, you may choose to decline to answer any particular question. Federal law authorizes the collection of this information (Titles 13 and 29 of the United States Code), and Sections 9 and 214 of Title 13 require us to keep all information about you and your household strictly confidential, and to use that information for statistical purposes only.

Soon a field representative will contact you for an interview and show you an official identification card. Please welcome him or her.

On the back of this letter are answers to questions you may have about this survey. If you would like more information, please contact the following:

Regional Director
U.S. Census Bureau
15350 Sherman Way, Suite 400
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Telephone 1(1800)992-3530

Thank you for your cooperation in this important survey. We appreciate your help.

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves


(some of what is on the BACK of the letter)

What kinds of question will I be asked?

We will ask you to record in a diary information about all the purchases you make. We will also ask the people who live in your household to record their purchases.

How long will the interview take?

We expect that it will take about 15 minutes to record your expenditures daily; in addition it will take about 25 minutes for each of our visits over this two week period.


****************

Anyone else get a letter like this? The paper is water marked and when held up to the light it has an eagle and the year 2009 so I think it's legit. I'll probably call my local Sheriff's department and Census Bureau to confirm it.

I've never heard of a survey like this and it is disturbing to think that they want me to keep a journal with my daily spending habits and purchases in it AND to take 25 minutes out of multiple days to entertain them by answering questions.

Any thoughts???

Thanks :)
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Do you know what "File 13" is? That is where it belongs.

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OP out of curiosity did you get the normal Census or the extended-length directors cut survey?

I first got the short one, marked the number of people (only) in the house and sent it back in. Being a Government Agency they get the bright idea to send me the Extended Survey, in the trash it goes. Then another one. Then they send a representative. Finally all she got out of me was 3 people and no kids.

So it's only logical they'll send me one of those now.
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WTH is this? Today I got a letter addressed to "RESIDENT" from the Census Bureau in an envelope with a 41 cent stamp and 3 penny stamps, not the typical prepaid envelope government agencies use when mailing things.

Inside the letter said the following: (couldn't scan and import, sorry)

FROM THE DIRECTOR
U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

We are contacting you to request your help with an important survey - the Consumer Expenditure Survey. The U.S. Census Bureau is conducting this survey for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Your responses help update the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The CPI is the most important tool used to measure how fast prices are rising or declining. It already affects wages, pensions, and the cost of goods and services. Your response is a service to your community and the country.

Your participation in this survey is essential; however, you may choose to decline to answer any particular question. Federal law authorizes the collection of this information (Titles 13 and 29 of the United States Code), and Sections 9 and 214 of Title 13 require us to keep all information about you and your household strictly confidential, and to use that information for statistical purposes only.

Soon a field representative will contact you for an interview and show you an official identification card. Please welcome him or her.

On the back of this letter are answers to questions you may have about this survey. If you would like more information, please contact the following:

Regional Director
U.S. Census Bureau
15350 Sherman Way, Suite 400
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Telephone 1(1800)992-3530

Thank you for your cooperation in this important survey. We appreciate your help.

Sincerely,

Robert M. Groves


(some of what is on the BACK of the letter)

What kinds of question will I be asked?

We will ask you to record in a diary information about all the purchases you make. We will also ask the people who live in your household to record their purchases.

How long will the interview take?

We expect that it will take about 15 minutes to record your expenditures daily; in addition it will take about 25 minutes for each of our visits over this two week period.


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Anyone else get a letter like this? The paper is water marked and when held up to the light it has an eagle and the year 2009 so I think it's legit. I'll probably call my local Sheriff's department and Census Bureau to confirm it.

I've never heard of a survey like this and it is disturbing to think that they want me to keep a journal with my daily spending habits and purchases in it AND to take 25 minutes out of multiple days to entertain them by answering questions.

Any thoughts???

Thanks :)
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More info -- the snail mail address checks out, too.

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I'd raise a lot of red flags with the DHS if I was completely honest with what I spend my money on.

My last major spending spree was several cases of ammo...more than one person would reasonable need but then again I define reasonable differently from others...

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Hmmm....

So they want to poke their noses into the lives of the "small people" again, eh?

It's about time we turn the tables. Perhaps anybody who receives one of these pain in the ass letter should send it back, along with a note....something to the effect of this:

"Dear Census Bureau,

It is with a minimal level of regret and sorrow that I must inform you that I can not participate in this program as requested. As a regular person with a modest income, I think very carefully and carefully plan in order to stretch every dollar I spend as far as I can.

However, I think it would be a *great* idea for the federal government to start keeping a daily log of spending that would account for each and every spent. No program or funds shall be exempt. It will help the people understand how our money is spent, and will enable us to submit ideas and allow you to finally be accountable to the people for the wasteful spending of our money.
The records of such a program will be published each day for the previous days spending.

Failure to do so will result in a daily fine of $2,500 per worker-bee household in this country.

We thank you in advance for your time and cooperation with this new program.

Regards,

The population of the United States of American"

Last Edited by The Voice In Your Head on 10/08/2011 08:41 PM
I'm just a figment of your imagination ;-)

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