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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 168 comments

  • On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, linda wrote:

    I am from Albany NY and got this same card today. The same old get something for nothing bait and people still fall for it. Amazing!

  • On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Marilyn wrote:

    I received the card today, 06-10-15. I suggest you put the card back in the envelop but leave it blank. If enough people do this it will at least cost them something for getting nothing. What do you think of this idea?

  • On Friday, June 05, 2015, Sharon wrote:

    Received 2 today with addressed envelopes, postage paid.
    I'm mailing back the two envelopes with nothing in them, just to use their postage.

    They are going back to
    Data Services
    POBox 1610
    Marietta GA 30061

  • On Friday, June 05, 2015, Nancy wrote:

    I received one from Senior Benefits Department, PO Box 4057, Marietta, GA

  • On Thursday, June 04, 2015, Tammy wrote:

    I recieved a card yesterday, this one says pays up to 35.000,location is National Reponsse Center Senior Benefits Dept. Po Box 161069 Atlanta GA.30321-9845. I just want to thank everyone that left a comment my I already put card in envelope and was headed to mail box, I have a heartattack last year and couldnt get insurance so I didnt think and was excited,a little angel told me to check internet..Thanks everyone

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