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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 131 comments

  • On Tuesday, October 14, 2014, no one wrote:

    It basically does not matter what the text for the envelope says for a return address.

    What matters is the barcode on the bottom of the return envelope and who holds Permit #95 for Marietta GA.

    All the other info such as

    data services
    PO Box 3310
    marietta ga 30061-9852

    matters not because it is a 1st class mail permit.

    This is worse then an elderly scam, it is probably a bill collector.

  • On Thursday, October 09, 2014, w Parrish wrote:

    If u really want to be nasty ......cut the bar codes and your address off then tape the card to a 5 pound box of trash and mail it back

  • On Wednesday, October 08, 2014, Jan wrote:

    I received a card today and looked up the address and found this site. There is a special place in hell for those who prey upon the elderly. Shame on them.

  • On Wednesday, October 08, 2014, chevy shivaee wrote:

    received message from senior benefits dept. in GA, that I may qualify for a new state regulated final expenses of your medical condition, and funeral expenses up to $ 35.000.00. 2014 benefit. is this message a scam?

  • On Monday, September 22, 2014, Mountainmama wrote:

    I received the same card. But being a former funeral director's wife, I knew to look very carefully at the card. This is not a legitimate offer. If you want to put a stop to them, simply take the card you receive, take a black marker and mark through all your information shown - your name, address, everything, even the black bar of marks underneath your name. Press heavily so as to mar the print. Do not fill it in where they ask for your name and date of birth. Your identity can be stolen with only those two little pieces of information. Then put the card back in the mail. Do not fill in the return address. Just write SCAM in the return address. If enough people do this, you can break up these sorts of suckers.

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