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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.

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There are 85 comments

  • On Thursday, March 27, 2014, Susie wrote:

    I received postcard December 2013 for Indiana citizens age 50 to 85. 2014 Benefit Update. From 325 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington DC 20003. You may now apply for a NEW state-regulated life insurance program to pay Final Expenses for just pennies a day, REGARDLESS OF YOUR MEDICAL CONDITION, EVEN IF YOU'VE BEEN TURNED DOWN BEFORE.

  • On Friday, March 21, 2014, Jessie wrote:

    On March 17, 2014

    Received a notice of money to pay for final expenses up to 35,000 if you qualify. I qualified. However, when I asked the caller to send me some information, they declined, as the said" I need to meet with you to explain the program, and I will be in your area the next day". SENIORS BEWARE THIS IS A SCAM
    Check out the phone number of the caller..

  • On Thursday, March 20, 2014, CiSl wrote:

    My husband and I received a 2014 benefit information for Tennessee citizens only, It is from Data Services 2, po box 3310 Marietta,ga.30061. Up to 35,000 for final expenses

  • On Thursday, March 20, 2014, Destiny wrote:

    They got wise to the envelopes... now they just send out postage paid postcards requesting you place all of your personal information so anyone can read it... I've been getting them addressed to my Deceased Stepmother at my address... funny,,, she never lived here. I am now circling her name and writing deceased and mailing the card back to them.

  • On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, Hightower wrote:

    I received a letter yesterday from a Senior Benefits Center. They told me this was my second notice to reply withn 5 days of receving the card. The card that I received was white. It had no phone number to call. It stated that it would pay 100% of all funeral expenses up to $35,000. This is tax-free for GEORGIA residents. These people need to stop their mess. They need to think about if someone did this to their parents. How would it make them feel.

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