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Free Cell Phone Solicitations Raise Questions from Some

Free Cell Phone Solicitations Raise Questions from Some

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Sales calls in several Savannah public housing complexes last week to offer people free cell phones prompted some residents to have concerns. ""He said, I'm from Safelink and we're here in the community giving out cell phones," says Patricia Parker.

Parker provided information like her social security number and was fine with the process. But she says she became concerned when the sales rep took pictures of her ID cards. Parker contacted police and the Housing Authority and has been nervous ever since. She's been concerned her documents might be compromised. She just wanted verification that the salesman was actually from the company. "And that's what we need to know, if it was legitimate so we can rest at night," she said.

We have verified it is indeed a legitimate offer. A spokesman from TracPhone (which operates Safelink Wireless), Jose Fuentes told me by phone that 'yes the man was our representative."

But Fuentes also told the man has been dismissed for not following company protocol, which he said would have included getting a license from the city of Savannah to go door to door. "We do want to reassure anyone who may be concerned that their information is safe, it was uploaded to a secure company site, the salesman did not have access to it and doesn't now," he said.

Fuentes says applications for the free phones will be processed.

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