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Exposing the government’s cell-phones-for-the-poor scam

 
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Exposing the government’s cell-phones-for-the-poor scam
Exposing the government’s cell-phones-for-the-poor scam

<b>Hello? Hello? Can anyone hear us complaining about this outrageous abuse?</b>

[link to www.safelinkwireless.com (secure)]

[link to www.ihatethemedia.com]

Hello? Hello? Can anyone hear us complaining about this outrageous abuse?

Today we ran the story of Michelle Obama serving risotto at the soup kitchen down the street from the White House. She was surrounded by poor people frantically snapping photos with their cell phones.

If you’re anything like us you wondered, how can the poor afford cell phones? The monthly bills on these things can eat you alive.

We were tipped off to this website: safelinkwireless.com. But please be warned that if you visit this site you are likely to walk away pissed off. Here’s what it says:

“SafeLink Wireless is a government supported program &#8232;that provides a free cell phone and airtime each&#8232;month for income-eligible customers.”

“Lifeline Assistance is part of a program that was created by the government to provide discounted or free telephone service to income-eligible consumers. To help bring you this important benefit, SafeLink Wireless is proud to offer Lifeline Service. Through our Lifeline Service you will receive FREE cellular service, a FREE cell phone, and FREE Minutes every month! SafeLink Wireless Service does not cost anything – there are no contracts, no recurring fees and no monthly charges.”

“Any Minutes you do not use will roll-over. Features such as caller ID, call waiting and voicemail are all also included with your service. If you need additional Minutes, you can buy TracFone Airtime Cards at any TracFone retailer Walmart, Walgreens, Family Dollar, etc). SafeLink Airtime Cards will be available soon.”

“Your exact benefits, including the number of free Minutes you will receive, depend on the state you live in.”

How to Qualify

“The process to qualify for Lifeline Service depends on the State you live in. In general, you may qualify if…
1. You already participate in other State or Federal assistance program such as Federal Public Housing Assistance, Food Stamps and Medicaid. OR
2. Your total household income is at or below 135% of the poverty guidelines set by your State and/or the Federal Government. AND
3. No one in your household currently receives Lifeline Service through another phone carrier.
4. You have a valid United States Postal Address. In order for us to ship you your free phone you must live at a residence that can receive mail from the US Post Office. Sorry, but P.O. Boxes cannot be accepted.

In addition to meeting the guidelines above you will also be required to provide proof of your participation in an assistance program, or proof of your income level.

Un-freakin-believable. Outrageous. Shocking.

The way we read it, this program gives you a free phone, free monthly service, and free minutes. You qualify even if you make 35% more than the designated “poverty” level or if you’re already getting additional freebies from the government. And we see nothing that indicates you have to be a legal resident of the United States to qualify.

The site is also available in Spanish, leading to the not-too-unreasonable conclusion that a significant percentage of the applicants conceivably could be, may be, might be undocumented aliens.

And, for God’s sake, we don’t even want to know how many of the applicants are currently stiffing a bank on a mortgage they never really qualified for in the first place.

We think we’re going to have strokes. Would someone please call 911 on their free cell phone?
Phree Non-Phixion

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Thanks, OP, for this info. I wonder if OUR tax dollars are paying for this?
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03/13/2009 07:36 AM
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Free cell phone/federal tracking program brought to you by

vrwc
Chip
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03/13/2009 07:41 AM
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Free cell
Free(almost)digital
Free ???
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03/13/2009 07:42 AM
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03/13/2009 11:29 AM
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I wonder whose bright idea that was?
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05/04/2009 06:13 AM
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The mistake that you are making is paying attention to silly little things like cell phones, belive methere is a reason that these people are getting them and hopefully it is with the intention of catching a few crooks. What you should do is take a trip into the welfare department, where every Dominican has two or three different Social Security Numbers. I worked for a dental laboratory which by the way happens to be one of their biggest markets. I watched the owner pocket over five thousand tax free dollars every day and the american government probaly knows about it. This is all done with the aid of tax accounts usually from the DR that faulseafy income records and as long as you can speak spanish, you are in like flint. What makes it even worse is that all of the stolen money gose to putting their children into police acadmys so that in the end the people who should be arestint these crums are the ones protecting them.
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05/04/2009 06:23 AM
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free ringtones?
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05/04/2009 06:26 AM
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Believe me there are people on public assistance that really need it and use it as a way to better their living situation and then get off of it, as I myself did. Also you can not immagen what it is like to not even have enough money to make a phone call. There are pople that should have government cell phones and there are many others that should be in jail for even applying, but it is the fault of the American People for letting others enter this country and taking it over. So the next time you see a paraid of three million join in because if you don't you will be absorbed by this substandard colture. Protect yourself and learn to speak Spanish before it is to late for all of us!
justme
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06/17/2009 05:37 PM
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if you were poor it would be a different story now wouldn,t it you asshole
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06/17/2009 06:06 PM
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Can you hear me now? Good.
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06/17/2009 06:07 PM
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Yeah...because a homeless black person living under the underpass has SO much to talk about on that free gub-mint supplied Blackberry.
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06/17/2009 06:09 PM
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Yeah...because a homeless black person living under the underpass has SO much to talk about on that free gub-mint supplied Blackberry.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 692844


good thing they aren't handing them out to homeless people.
try reading the article before you post.
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Free cell phone/federal tracking program brought to you by

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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 633941


Bingo.
Cellphones for the poor.
Translated into Illuminated speak = Voluntary tracking devices for Criminals
'Magically Delicious'
Anonymous Coward
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06/17/2009 06:18 PM
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Yes, those of us who are more affluent can't be the only ones carrying little GPS's around with us all the time -- and having our brains rotted out.
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06/17/2009 07:40 PM
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Frm what i see it the 10.00 prepay phone. So no cameras on that one...

It will be abused like the other programs, im sure, but what about the few that it will actually help.

Should all have to pay for the unhonesty of a few?
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06/23/2009 09:47 PM
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Some of you ignorant people should learn to spell appropriately before you start criticizing the Hispanics. This proves that the USA is still populated by bigots, racists and ignorant people. Learn your history and then make some intelligent opinions. whatever
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06/27/2009 11:33 AM
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Some of you ignorant people should learn to spell appropriately before you start criticizing the Hispanics. This proves that the USA is still populated by bigots, racists and ignorant people. Learn your history and then make some intelligent opinions. whatever
 Quoting: Use Spell check! 710270
key
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07/14/2009 02:32 PM
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Thanks, OP, for this info. I wonder if OUR tax dollars are paying for this?
 Quoting: Phree Non-Phixion

but its ok for our tax dollars to pay
for sex for the government, and fancy
planes... wtf
me
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07/23/2009 12:41 PM
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No service support. Tax supported "free" phone came to one client of mine (a homeless, disabled veteran) after 4 months of trying -not working, and when it was reported, a new phone never arrived, even after being given tracking numbers, etc. Customer gave up. A second client never got his phone, either, and also gave up. Calls, emails, etc to the company numbers went unanswered and even pleas to Attorney Generals office, and local and federal representatives went unanswered. A TOTAL TAXPAYER RIPOFF!!!!!
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08/12/2009 11:53 AM
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Yes I have gov phone
yes I living below the poverty line
yes I was married
yes I have 6 children
yes my husband died
yes he was a disabled veteran
yes they denied us government benefits
yes my husband worked for the postal service
yes I have 3 high school graduates
yes we are law abiding citizens
no we receive no foodstamps,welfare or medicare
Yes you need help because your mind has been scammed by hate!
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08/30/2009 05:51 PM
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WHAT THESE IGNORANT PEOPLE DONT UNDERSTAND IS THAT BACK IN THE SIXTIES WHEN WELFARE WAS ADOPTED INTO LAW, DID YOU KNOW THAT AS USUAL, THE BLACKS WERE THE LAST TO GET ANY ASSISTANCE FROM THE GOVERNMENT? WELFARE WAS FOR THE WHITE PEOPLE, SO JUST REMEMBER WHEN THE GOVERNMENT GIVES OUT FREE STUFF, THE BLACKS ARE THE LAST ONE'S TO KNOW ABOUT IT, SO WHO GETS THE INFORMATION FIRST.?????????????
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09/08/2009 05:47 PM
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I hope my tax dollars are paying for some govt assisted programs.I paid taxes for 30 years and now I have arthritis and can't work or recieve disability. With no phone service in my home, this may be a lifeline.
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Free cell phone/federal tracking program brought to you by

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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 633941


thumbs
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10/10/2009 10:56 PM
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More white people have free cell phone, than black people. They just try to keep it a secret.
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The mistake that you are making is paying attention to silly little things like cell phones, belive methere is a reason that these people are getting them and hopefully it is with the intention of catching a few crooks. What you should do is take a trip into the welfare department, where every Dominican has two or three different Social Security Numbers. I worked for a dental laboratory which by the way happens to be one of their biggest markets. I watched the owner pocket over five thousand tax free dollars every day and the american government probaly knows about it. This is all done with the aid of tax accounts usually from the DR that faulseafy income records and as long as you can speak spanish, you are in like flint. What makes it even worse is that all of the stolen money gose to putting their children into police acadmys so that in the end the people who should be arestint these crums are the ones protecting them.
 Quoting: walkingdead 671323

This person is funny. They are an illegal alien! Look at how much they know! Look at how bad their English is! At the very least let's use them as an example that being poor doesn't mean a person is uneducated or lazy! This person who apparently isn't poor enough to use Safe-Link is very very uneducated (and I think it's a lie they worked in a dental lab unless it was until the first day the boss seen their illiteracy and realized they lied about graduating high school).
If ignorance is bliss, why is
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These people complaining are the ones that cause poor people to begin with. Obviously they are not willing to share their good fortune. Therefore it is logical to assume that their hoarding has prevented appropriate monies from going where it belongs - people who need it!

They are the blight of society. The reason a government exists in the first place - to keep the citizens from doing stupid things and ruining it for everybody else.

The people complaining are thieves. They are holding back progress.

And the ones complaining are also liars. Firstly, the lie that people on welfare are lazy or taking advantage of the system. Live that life for a day then you can respect them and wonder how they make it through. Because you are too spoiled to handle hard times. The second lie is actually an implied lie. By accusing somebody of doing a wrong you are implying that you would not do the same thing. Hypocrites! You take advantage of the system on a daily basis! And if you were in a situation where you could benefit yourself with selfishness or dishonesty you would do so. Where is the proof? The fact that poor people even exist in the first place! Obviously you are taking advantage of them!

"We all physically share the same world. Yet some people are too ignorant and self-delusional to behave in such a manner."
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10/11/2009 10:58 PM
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WHAT THESE IGNORANT PEOPLE DONT UNDERSTAND IS THAT BACK IN THE SIXTIES WHEN WELFARE WAS ADOPTED INTO LAW, DID YOU KNOW THAT AS USUAL, THE BLACKS WERE THE LAST TO GET ANY ASSISTANCE FROM THE GOVERNMENT? WELFARE WAS FOR THE WHITE PEOPLE, SO JUST REMEMBER WHEN THE GOVERNMENT GIVES OUT FREE STUFF, THE BLACKS ARE THE LAST ONE'S TO KNOW ABOUT IT, SO WHO GETS THE INFORMATION FIRST.?????????????
 Quoting: BIG MOUTH 759757

dumbass
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WHAT THESE IGNORANT PEOPLE DONT UNDERSTAND IS THAT BACK IN THE SIXTIES WHEN WELFARE WAS ADOPTED INTO LAW, DID YOU KNOW THAT AS USUAL, THE BLACKS WERE THE LAST TO GET ANY ASSISTANCE FROM THE GOVERNMENT? WELFARE WAS FOR THE WHITE PEOPLE, SO JUST REMEMBER WHEN THE GOVERNMENT GIVES OUT FREE STUFF, THE BLACKS ARE THE LAST ONE'S TO KNOW ABOUT IT, SO WHO GETS THE INFORMATION FIRST.?????????????
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dumbass
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10/11/2009 11:17 PM
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According to tv commercial. We all paid a special tax on our landlines that pays for these phones.
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10/12/2009 08:00 AM
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This just arouses more suspicion in me that cell phone usage is harmful to your health, as the establishment obviously wants the populace weak, sickly and dying.

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