Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is the New York Times bestselling author of 12 books, including The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History and Meltdown (on the financial crisis). A senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Woods has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, FOX News, FOX Business, C-SPAN, Bloomberg Television, and hundreds of radio programs... (Read More)

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‘Obama Will Pay Your Bills’ Scam Claims Thousands

9th July 2012      by: Tom Woods     

According to Yahoo News:

A multistate identity theft scam that claims President Barack Obama will pay your utility bills appears to have widened.

According to MSNBC.com, more than 2,000 customers in Tampa, Fla., fell for the fake offer last week.

The scheme was first reported in May, when Dallas-based Atmos Energy warned its 3 million customers in 12 states that scammers had been asking for Social Security numbers to enroll in the faux federal program. According to the pitch—distributed via email, Facebook, text message, phone and, in some cases, door-to-door sales—the government would pay a month of energy costs through credits offered by the Obama administration.

PSE&G, the New Jersey gas and electric delivery utility, issued a similar warning the same month. According to MSNBC, there were 10,000 reported victims in New Jersey in recent weeks, and thousands more in North Carolina, Indiana and Pennsylvania.

(Thanks to Newsalert.)

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  • http://hubze.com/ David Foster

    Looks like we have some work to do…if people would take on more Libertarian philosophies, they would not have been scammed because they would not want the government to take care of their bills!!! 

    Thanks for posting Tom!! See you tonight in your live classroom!!

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if these will turn into socialized losses as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jayk-Wiggins/1146380462 Jayk Wiggins

    Social Darwinism working at its finest

  • Acm05alicia

    I wonder if most of those who fell for this one are also on food stamps, medicare/medicaid, etc??  XD  I guess the scam wouldn’t sound ridiculous to them!

  • Tom G P

    Millions of a Americans already fell for that scam in 2008.

  • Ben

    The funny/unfunny thing is that now they will probably have to create a federal program to help these poor people that fell victim to the scam.

  • Templecleaning

    Sorry…but I don’t have a lot of sympathy for gullible people….
    Just like the emails telling me I won the Nigerian Lottery ….
    now if Nigeria had 4 million dollars, they need to feed their people & purify the water, OK???
    I mean..come on…
    and besides ..you have to BUY a lottery ticket in order to WIN a lottery. Jackpot….

  • Rob Nabakowski

    A fool and his money and all that.  Someone recently asked me if I thought the USA was becoming an entitlement nation.  I just shook my head and laughed.  

  • Luke Sunderland

    I would share this story on my Facebook account, but I’m sure it would only lead to several people claiming I’m a racist for insinuating that Obama had anything to do with this.

  • Anonymous

    I can see why MSNBC would be upset, scamming people about Obama is their thing.

  • http://twitter.com/JesseEbert Jesse

    Obama campaign must be desperate for cash. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/eddiegilchrist Eddie Gilchrist

    It serves ‘em right, as far as I am concerned.

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