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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 Tuesday, December 03, 2013, Gary wrote:

    I got one of these as well and promptly packed the envelope with as much junk mail I could fit into the envelope. I am doing my part to make scams like this stop and keeping the USPS in business at the same time.

  • On Monday, November 04, 2013, Catherine Howell wrote:

    Got one today.green data services2marietta Ga. Haha I knew it was a scam but looking here to see if anyone else are getting them.don't even think about sending them anything.

  • On Sunday, November 03, 2013, Helen Petkovic wrote:

    I'm 74 and received several notices for North Carolina Citizens 2013 Benefit Update for a new state-regulated life insurance program to pay final expenses. They ask for my name, address, date of birth, spouse's name and date of birth and our phone number. The card to return is addressed to:
    Senior Benefit Division, P.O. Box 1360, Melbourne, FL 32902-9906. Not known to the Better Business Bureau. No name of an insurance company. Has to be a scam and I am not replying to it! Said could get benefits from $2,500 to $25,000.

  • On Thursday, October 17, 2013, Prismisspp wrote:

    If this were a legit life insurance company, they wouldn't be afraid to put the name of their company, possibly a phone number, and a return address that is more than a P.O. Box # . You need to "wise up" and act like you got more sense than you are displaying! Shame on you to try to scam senior citizens out of money they don't have!

  • On Saturday, October 05, 2013, DEBBY wrote:

    I RECEIVED A POST CARD IN THE MAIL ON 10/05/2013 REQUEST FOR ME TO FILL OUT WITH IN 5 DAYS FOR FREE INSURANCE UP TO 35000 SAYING ITS TAXS FREE TO FL RESIDENTS ADDRESS IS SENIOR BENEFITS DEPT. P.O. BOX 4057 MARIETTA GA 30061-9921. THIS IS GETTING CRAZY WE HAVE TO WATCH EVERYONE THESE DAYS.

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