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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 116 comments

  • On Thursday, April 24, 2014, Deb wrote:

    Got the card saying "may qualify for state-regulated benefits programs in Tennessee".And wanted personal info on card.No way!And my zip is wrong!!LOL!!

  • On Thursday, April 10, 2014, MICHEAL wrote:

    WE RECEIVED ONE TOO WITH A POSTAGE PAID CARD TO FILL OUT AND RETURN SO THE WORLD CAN GET YOUR INFO.
    IF SO MUCH IS KNOWN ON THEM WHY CANT THE GOVT STOP THEM? WE ARE LIMITED INCOME SSI AND VA BARELY MAKE IT MONTH TO MONTH SO IT SOUNDED GOOD TILL I DECIDED TO LOOK IT UP. GOOD THING TOO!

  • On Thursday, April 03, 2014, Love wrote:

    April 4 2014 Love
    I just want to encourage everyone to send back the envelope with the message on a piece of paper "GO TO
    H_ _ L!. I can't wait till you get caught." If everyone does this can you imagine the look on their face. OMG! They just might be scared straight.

  • On Thursday, April 03, 2014, Love wrote:

    On April 4th 2014: I just wanted to know who sent this bogus looking letter to me because it did not even have a phone number. I researched it on line couldn't find anything really it just lead me to a Hotelin Dallas, TX on Google Map. And just as I was about to give up I found this website. I am going to send it back with my phone number"1-800-GO-To-Hel_.

  • On Monday, March 31, 2014, peggy k wrote:

    I just received the same card today and googled the info-scam may be a harsh word but THEY are not an insurance company and cannot promise anything. I live in Missouri and don't trust anything where i put my birthdate. They sell your info to high-priced ins. companies, just throw away.

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