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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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  • On Sunday, May 24, 2015, Owens wrote:

    Got my (curiously unidentified sender) card notifying me I qualify for a "state-regulated program" to pay final expenses. The wording alone is enough to get my scam radar working.


  • On Saturday, May 23, 2015, Theresa Caruso wrote:

    Received a card about funeral expenses from Bational Response Center, Atlanta Georgia. They do not give a telephone # or e-mail address but want all my information . And, on the envelope there is warning that, " 2000.00 fine for 5 years imprisonment or both for any person obstructing the delivery of this letter." Imagine that !!!!! It is a SCAMM big time. Seniors do not fall for that.

  • On Sunday, May 17, 2015, Sharon wrote:

    I received a couple of these postcards stating that, "This benefit will pay for 100% of all funeral expenses up to $35,000. This payment is tax-free for FLORIDA residents." The postcard requests name, home address, phone number, age, spouse's age, and spouse's name. I admit that I was curious, but never responded. I would like to know if anyone has ever responded to this and what transpired after that.

  • On Saturday, May 16, 2015, Jean Scroggins wrote:

    I just recieved a card in the mail "for Florida residents only" 2015 benefits update I am 68 ,but I still had foresight enough to look it up on the internet. Please.seniors, dont be taken in by this scam.

  • On Friday, May 15, 2015, Rose wrote:

    big scam post card from national center reply center pobox 46715 greensborough nc 27499-3876 sending post car regarding 2015 benefit information for florida citizens only.it came in a fold that blue and white with notice saying that you get a free walmart gift certificate to senior citizens age 50to85,wich I'm not that age

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