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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).

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.

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How to avoid:

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. 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 188 comments

  • On Thursday, August 27, 2015, Margaret Brokaw wrote:

    Received same, yesterday, August 26th 2015. Immediately did a google search and found just what I expected. SCAM!

  • On Sunday, August 23, 2015, Jan wrote:

    Received a green post card ensuring me 25,000 regardless of medical conditions. Was to fill out card and send to Benefits Processing Center PO Box 1367 Durant OK 74702-9913

  • On Monday, August 17, 2015, Donna Wright wrote:

    The one I received is from "Data Services 2 in Marrietta Ga. Its sad that there are Vultures out there who would prey on older people, & stoop so low as to attempt to con people trying to spare their loved ones from a financial burden!!!

  • On Monday, August 10, 2015, Susie wrote:

    This is infuriating. A post card just arrived addressed to my mom...today...4 days shy of the one year anniversary of her death. What is wrong with people?
    There is no phone number or business name on the card. If this is not a scam (Sally), then stop being so cruel. Obtain better data.

  • On Thursday, August 06, 2015, Lobee wrote:

    Yep same message for my husband and wanted the spouses name too. I decided to check on line first, it was a little hard to fine but I changed a few words in the search and here it is...just sick. I imagine these scams will get worse before it gets better.

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