UPDATE: Win $1000

We want you to have $1000 and will give you a prize for just trying to collect it.

Last Friday, we posted on how to win $1000 from your phone company by taking them to task over their illegal sale of your records to the government.

For the person who sends in the best photo evidence of them mailing their “You Owe Me $1000” letter to their telephone company, we offer your choice of:
1) The right to write one Consumerist post.
2) A Gawker T-shirt.
3) A packet of coupons from our weekend paper.

Today, we ourselves decided to put a stick in their eye and stick $1000 in our pocket. Here’s the handy photo gallery showing what we did. (If there’s no pictures below, hit refresh, our code is buggy…)

Here’s how to enter (at one or more of the points below, you need to take a photograph of yourself doing the deed):
1) Print out this page.
2) Circle section 2707 and section 2702.
3) Take your latest telephone bill.
4) Scratch out the number following AMOUNT DUE, replacing it with that number minus one-thousand.
5) Place the modified bill and the printout from steps 1 and 2 inside the envelope provided, making sure the address shows through the plastic window.
6) Affix a stamp to the upper right hand corner. The post office will not deliver without proper postage.
7) Mail the letter.
8) Send your photos to tips@consumerist.com


Edit Your Comment

  1. P33KAJ3W says:


  2. Mary Marsala With Fries says:

    I see ’em. I do wonder if there’s a slurpee’s chance in hell of anybody actually getting their grand…?

  3. Papercutninja says:

    Verizon will just get their money back via “surcharges” and “federal tax”. Motherfuckers.

  4. GenXCub says:

    $500 levied in “we pwn j00 bitchez” fee to be on Ben’s next bill.

  5. Josh Cohen says:

    Given the high price of stamps, I’m going to wait until this actually works to try it.

  6. Ben Popken says:

    JMack writes:

    “Okay I’m pretty sure what I have to say is in the realm of what you all are commenting about here. Being that I work for a Telecom out of Michigan, we DO NOT sell call records for $150 nor does any other telecom that I’m aware of. If they are, it is a crime punishable by federal law. For any telecom to disclose ANY customer call records, local officials MUST provide a signed and sealed warrant, or homeland security or other federal officials MUST provide a federally mandated, approved and sealed request.

    Lets keep in mind that 99.9% of the time the info being requested will consist of calls being placed overseas. This is usually related to foreign born nationals who are already being investigated in the first place. There has never been a time when the authorities have asked “give us all call records for all of your users calling Iraq”. They always submit their inquiries with a name and phone number they are looking for, which is almost always placing calls to the middle east. Never once have I personally seen any requests that seemed out of the ordinary, in being here for 4 years. Furthermore, these call records will simply be sheets faxed to the authorities containing the ANI (the # calling from), the # they are calling, duration of call, exact route and country code + npa + nxx combination.

    Contrary to popular belief, they aren’t tapping the phones, they aren’t re-routing phone traffic to their facilities and its not like govt agents are sitting in a “secret room” in each telecom monitoring calls. Its call records people. It’s meaningless information, unless youre cheating on your wife, or planning to blow up the world trade center.”