Posted in America, crime, Politics, tagged America, bailouts, crime, Email Scams, Greed, Politics, President Obama, Scams on July 13, 2012 |
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In Cincinnati, and elsewhere, another identity-theft scam is making the works. Only this time the bogus offer is not to help a Nigerian diplomat, it’s to get money from a phony program supposedly put in place by President Obama.
The emails offer people the opportunity to participate in a program where the federal government will supposedly pay your summer electric bills. All you need to do is provide your Social Security number and bank routing number, and your bill supposedly will be paid. Of course, there is no such federal program, and once you provide your Social Security number and bank account information the scammers will empty your account and take you for all you’re worth.
What’s sad about this isn’t that crooks are preying on innocent saps — that’s been happening since the dawn of mankind — but that people are being duped by the ploy because it has the air of plausibility. With all of the stimulus programs and bailouts over the last four years, wide swathes of people evidently find it entirely believable that the federal government will pay your utility bills, just like it bailed out banks and GM and made stupid loans to companies like Solyndra.
Don’t you find it troubling that rational people could believe that such a program might actually exist? We’re rapidly becoming a nation of greedy suckers.
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Occasionally you will see a story that just makes you shake your head in dismay about what it says about the human condition.
For me, at least, so it is with a story about a guy in Michigan who won $2 million in the state lottery TV show called “Make Me Rich,” but nevertheless remains eligible for food stamps — and continues to use his food stamp card to buy his food. The man in question, Leroy Fick, says he doesn’t feel bad about still using taxpayer money to buy his food. Fick’s $2 million lottery winnings don’t disqualify him from a program that is supposed to help the poor because, under current law, food stamp eligibility is based on gross income and lottery winnings are considered liquid assets. As a result, a guy who has more money in the bank than the vast majority of taxpayers is happy to have those taxpayers pay for his groceries. What a greedy jerk!
I recognize that this is an extreme case, and obviously the “liquid assets” loophole needs to be fixed. But what it really sad about this story is that a guy who has had a stroke of incredible good fortune has absolutely no regrets about taking advantage of that loophole, and thereby taking advantage of his fellow citizens. Why doesn’t “Lucky Leroy” Fick have a conscience that causes him to realize that using his food stamp card under these circumstances is just wrong?
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