Skip to comments.Obama bill-paying hoax sweeps up victims nationwide: Plain Dealing
Posted on 07/11/2012 9:29:59 AM PDT by sunmars
A myth that President Obama is giving people money to pay their bills has prompted thousands of people across the country to try to pay for utilities, phone service and loans using bogus bank routing numbers.
United Way of Cleveland's 2-1-1 changed its answering machine Monday to say rumors of the Obama program were false after fielding dozens of calls.
Later that day, a United Way employee was on an RTA bus when a rider stood up and announced to fellow passengers that Obama was paying people's bills. The rider told people they could use the red numbers on the backs of their Social Security cards to tap into the government money. Steve Wertheim of United Way said the woman claimed she had successfully paid her electric bill using the technique.
Such unprompted testimonials are spreading the hoax through entire communities, putting consumers, at minimum, at risk of late payment penalties and service disruptions.
In some iterations, the bogus "Obama program" appears to be an identity theft scam. According to news reports, uniformed con men with clipboards went door to door in a handful of states, signing people up by collecting Social Security numbers and then giving them phony bank routing numbers to use to pay their bills.
But here, it seems less scam than hoax.
People aren't asking for anyone's Social Security numbers. They're passing along bogus routing numbers, apparently in the belief they're real.
(Excerpt) Read more at cleveland.com ...
Maybe they learned a lesson.
These stupid obama voters are getting exactly what they voted for.
they are as bad as that woman who voted for Obama because she believed he would pay her mortgage.
They give away free cell phones and minutes. They give away food stamps. They give away earned income tax credits. They give away free medical care. They give away free housing. So why not free utilities?
Democrat = I believe in Santa Claus........
I believe that woman was the inspiration for this scam. She confirmed in a public way that Obama voters really are that stupid and are just looking for a government sugar daddy.
Well, that explains Obama’s little bump in the polls. Call it a freeloader speed bump, cheap thrills for stupid people.
You forgot the “...from his ‘stash’”.
I know it’s old stuff, but still I almost gagged listening to Zero on air yesterday saying that we’re NOT going to SPEND any more MONEY ON TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH.
HE’S SPENDING MONEY IF HE REDUCES THE AMOUNT OF MONEY HE’S SEIZING WHICH IS NOT HIS MONEY TO BEGIN WITH!
Yes his own voters are getting what they voted for but they have No Right to drag the rest of us Down into Hell along With themselves.
It was prophetic..............
Democrat = I believe in Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Peter Pan, Leprechauns, Unicorns and Global Warming.............
Don't bet on it. They interviewed a BF "community organizer" on the local news who had fallen for the scheme, and one of her comments was something to the effect that this was such a logical thing that she didn't question it. She remained astonished that it was a scam all the way through the interview.
and she is still allowed to vote, should be removed on grounds of “too stupid to tell the difference”
It might get stupid people to stay home on election day if they get burned.
Ignorance is occasionally curable provided the ignorant one isn't really stupid. Stupid is forever. Unfortunately for the rest of us the bulk of 0bama voters are et up with both.
Actually that is a NECESSARY QUALIFICATION to vote democrat. She also mentioned that she was going to vote for him again. 90% of blacks voted for 0 in the last election. I'm guessing it will be down from that to maybe 88% this time around.
What exactly is the free Obama phone? The free Obama phone is a program that is meant to help the financially unstable who cannot afford access to a cell phone. Communication should not be limited to people in relation to what they are able to afford. The Lifeline program was actually created decades ago to help low income families have access to land lines. Over the years the cost of cell phones and cellular service has decreased and the program has been extended to cover cell phones.
During the Bush administration, there was the introduction of a project that gave subsidies to those who could not afford a phone. The basic principle of the program is that everyone should have access to emergency services like 911. There are a number of deaths that take place every year do to lack of proper communication, and access to emergency services should be a right for everyone.
The free Obama phone is an important program, especially for low income families that would otherwise not have access to basic communications. There are different plans to choose from. Some plans offer fewer minutes and more texting and some even include rollover minutes. Make sure you check out all the plans before choosing the one that is right for you
The cerebral Peggy Joseph of Florida is the one who made the claim that the Kenyan will pay her gas and rent.
If we have a “right” to a “living wage” and “free healthcare” why not to “free” power? The “logic” (and I use that term loosely) is exactly the same.
No Santa Claus ?