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Post Card for Seniors

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How the scam works:

Scammers design and send countless post cards to neighborhoods populated by the elderly.

The card informs the recipient “an approved senior final expense program is now available, to help pay for the senior’s final expenses." (aka funeral). Don't get us wrong, there are legitimate services out there (independent insurance agents) that provide that kind of programs, but this refers only to the scammers who impersonate those real organizations.

The card also mentions that the program could get the qualifying seniors up to $15,000!

Indeed, the call to action is at the end of the card, stating: “It is your legal right as a taxpayer to receive all the information available to you. You must complete this request form within 5 days.”

Seniors fall for this and are required to pay not only a “small” application fee, but also to give all their personal information.

How to avoid:

Tell your elders to let you know whenever they get such things in the mail. Take a closer look at the names used, research, and determine if the mail comes from legitimate services or bogus ones. Better safe than sorry. You can report the scam on this page: Federal Trade Commission Report.

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There are 140 comments

  • On Thursday, March 19, 2015, Ermanno Iacopozzi wrote:

    Just received post card to the lucky people living in Texas. I went on the web but found no information about this company with address in Marietta, Georgia.
    They sent a "second notice - time sensitive" (never received the first one)..... guess it is the usual scam, we are old but doesn't mean we are idiots.

  • On Monday, March 16, 2015, Charlita Wright wrote:

    Rec'd an envelope from National Response Center, P. O. Box 709, Hamilton, GA 31811-9901 in the mail. Had intuition right away, there was something fishy about it but checked for legitimacy anyway.

    So, if anyone receives an envelope with this address, please report and discard.

  • On Tuesday, March 03, 2015, Jerry wrote:

    Got a card today (03/03/2015) from "Program Processing Center, 2020 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite 973, Washington, DC 20077-2446". The card was titled "NEW 2015 BENEFIT UPDATE FOR FL CITIZENS ONLY".

    THIS IS A SCAM. THIS ADDRESS IS A "MAIL STOP". Report them as scammers!!

  • On Thursday, February 12, 2015, Miriam Neal wrote:

    I received one of these pretaining to NC residents only. It always
    Makes me sceptical when thdy want your phone number on the
    Postcard that also has your address that is now open to the world. Also states program is not affiliated with or endorsed by
    Any government program. You can't trust anyone.

  • On Wednesday, February 04, 2015, BSA wrote:

    We got one today ONLY for IN residents..aren't we special? I crammed it full of trash in their prepaid envelope and will ship it out tomorrow with not so nice notes included.

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