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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 127 comments

  • On Monday, June 23, 2014, Kathryn bledsoe wrote:

    I got the card today June 23 rd. I am glad that this was on the Internet. I do wish they would get something done about the scammers. You don't know who to trust any more.

  • On Friday, June 20, 2014, L wrote:

    Got one today about death benefits in Delaware. They're upping the ante with $35,000! What a disgrace.

  • On Friday, June 20, 2014, Larry wrote:

    I just got a fake looking "Official looking envelope from, Senior Benefits Dept. P.O. Box 4057 for Marietta, GA. Evidently I have received one of these before because on this envelope stamped in red ink is SECOND NOTICE TIME SENSITIVE.

    Before I even opened it I showed the envelope to my wife and I said, "Look how fake this official looking envelope looks."

    After we both looked at the card inside my wife said, if it is free information for Tennessee residents informing them that they are eligible for free $35,000 death benefits and the benefits are not taxable. then why is it coming from a company in Georgia instead of a company in Tennessee.

    The card also asks for a lot of personal information about yourself. I don't give my information out unless I check a company out first. I wasn't born yesterday and my momma didn't raise no fool! This piece of junk mail went right through my home office shredder.

  • On Friday, June 20, 2014, Nedra Wilburn wrote:

    Got one today, Google it and ka-pow scam ! Holy smoke batman !!!

  • On Wednesday, June 18, 2014, Stacey wrote:

    I received this same information yesterday stating I could qualify for $35,000.00 for final expenses and it was available for North Carolina citizens only. I googled it to find out its a scam. Thank God I did. It came marked as second notice. Beware people. Hope the catch these people. Mine had return address Data Service 3
    PO Box 3250
    Marietta GA. 30061-9978.

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