Scams abound everywhere
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
This past January, there was a lady set up in the VA office in our hometown and she was signing up the vets for a "free phone". I wasn't there with DH when he signed up but he and many of his friends who are vets did sign up and within a week they received their trac phone.
The lady told all of them that this was a special pilot program that the government was instituting in Fl, TX, NY and CA and they planned to roll it out across the US in the next year or so. They all had to show their discharge papers and then signed on one of those pads that put it into a computer. None of them got to read the actual document on her screen but assumed since she was operating within the VA office that all was legitimate. Then for the next 6=7 months they have been using these phones without an issues.
Big shock this past week when a letter arrived asking for proof of eligibility and they wanted a copy of SSI income, food stamp eligibility or other program that shows one is low income. That really immediately brought up the red flags to several of us and we called the number given on the form letter to explain that wasn't why they had the phones and that it was the program for veterans. Guess what, THERE IS NO SUCH PROGRAM!
This woman came in under a government program and sold this to who knows how many vets and she got paid for everyone she signed up! The VA did not question her, the regional office who supposedly sent her declined to comment on this. My friend called the sheriff and because no money changed hands, they would do nothing. Called the VA and they said she isn't here now so nothing they can do. No one seems to know her name. Now we have seen an ad in one of the coupon books published here saying that vets should go to the VFW to get their free phone. Guess she has moved on to greener pasture. Well, my friend called to tell them it is a scam but she has already moved on from there. We have tried to figure out how to stop this from happening but no one wants to do anything.
The only reason we were alerted was because of the letter we received to prove eligibility. We plan to keep going and hopefully alert others about this issue. If something like this happens in your area, please know that it is a SCAM and spread the word.