A member of the SecurityNewsDaily staff spotted a cell phone scam claiming that President Obama will cover your cell phone bill if your send your bank account number to an unknown third party identified through another bank account number, according to an msnbc.com report.
Those who fell into this trap receive a â€œreturned payment message next day, plus a $35 bounced check fee,â€ as specified by msnbcâ€™s Matt Liebovitz.
The â€œObama phoneâ€ trick follows a campaign via text and Twitter using as bait the claim that President Obama would pay the recipientsâ€™ utility bills. The persistence of this myth probably stems from the long-standing tradition of legislative measures intended to ensure U.S. citizensâ€™ universal access to the phone service, as clarified by a FactCheck article.
U.S. welfare recipients and other categories of low income citizens receive a free cell phone and limited free calling time per month, but the program is financed through the Universal Service Fund, not taxpayers. The Fund operation is regulated by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which requires an â€œequitable and nondiscriminatory contributionâ€ to the universal service cause from all telecommunications providers.
According to FactCheck, the â€œObama phoneâ€ would, actually, be â€œa Wilson phoneâ€ because the access to universal service initiative goes back to the administration of President Woodrow Wilson.