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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 137 comments

  • On Friday, January 02, 2015, kim biederman wrote:

    I just received a postcard to mail back regarding my "final expenses" in fine print on bottom WSM? has a NORTH Kansas city MO 64116-9862 return listed???
    Thanx for alerting me to this!

  • On Tuesday, December 02, 2014, Kaaren wrote:

    I did not send in the card and someone showed up at my door making a reference to the card...and I live in a secure building that requires a code to get in. He looked at me and asked if my "Mom" was home. I told him he was about to meet my two best friends; Smith and Wesson. He left very quickly!!!!!!

  • On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, Don wrote:

    So sick of scammers. Sent mine back after removing information all crumbled up. Stand up and fight. Protect seniors.

  • On Friday, November 14, 2014, Rusty Allen wrote:

    Mine came just yesterday in an enclosed envelope with a return postage paid envelope. I suspected that it was a phishing scam to prey on the unsuspecting, most obviously because of no company name other than "Data Services 2" and "Senior Benefits Dept." Secondly, the mailer being from Marietta, GA. wanting to tell me about a right I have in the state of OH sounds suspect. Really ??
    I'm mailing it back to them on their nickel after I blot out any private information.

  • On Sunday, November 09, 2014, Linda Drinnon wrote:

    rec the green card with this same info

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