Do not take free phones from strangers. There is a new scam that is targeting veterans and even setting up booths near VA facilities. The helpful salesperson tells the veteran about a government program that provides free phones and cell service for veterans. However, this free phone could be very costly.
After signing up for the service the veteran will receive, perhaps months later, a notice that requires a lot of personal information and documents to prove that they meet the income requirements, although income requirements were not mentioned by the helpful sales person who signed the veteran up for the phone service. If their income is too high, the veteran has to pay for the service.
There is a government program, called Lifeline, that provides free or low cost phone service, but this program is income dependent and has nothing to do with being a veteran.
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