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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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  • On Tuesday, July 08, 2014, Marcia Jones wrote:

    Just recieved a card from Senior Benefits Dept. P.O Box 4057 Marietta, Ga. 30061-9921....States 2014 Benefits. For Kentucky Citizens Only. You may qualify for a new state regulated life insurance program to pay final funeral expenses for just pennies a day regardless of your health and past medical condition even you was turned down before. Can pay 100 percent of all funeral expenses of $35,000. Free for Ky. residents. Fill out name address which they already have. Phone number.. Spouse's age and name. Looked up this company in business since 2010. A scam no doubt.

  • On Sunday, July 06, 2014, jewelant wrote:

    I just recieved a VERY official looking letter from Senior Benefits Dept. (they had to abbreviate) Stamped on the front is "SECOND NOTICE/TIME SENSITIVE" from PO Box 4057 Marietta GA. And it also says "Important document enclosed" on the outside. Immediately, before even opening the thing I knew that it was some kind of scam.

    But just to backup here, they do a chameleon act and make out like they are from some sort of account that you already have such as a government account. This angers me to no end.

    Upon opening this letter I find very similar information about what you are entitled to and the information they requested was shocking. They wanted:
    MY HOME ADDRESS (????)

    Please tell anyone and everyone you know about this. And report them to whomever might be an official. This should be illegal. It is just official enough that a lot of people might fill it out worrying that they are missing something . . .

  • On Saturday, July 05, 2014, Rich Gaz wrote:

    Since the post card is "Business Reply Mail" and the orginal sender gets charged when they receive it back, why don't we all put in bogus information on the cards and send them back. This way they'll get charged and any real information by be bypassed for bogus? I'm doing it since I got may card. :)

  • On Wednesday, July 02, 2014, Marilyn Bewick wrote:

    Received a green card from Benefits Processing Center, Durant, OK 74702-9913 for
    "qualify for state regulated program to pay for your final expenses.. up to $35,000".

    I live in Newbury Park, CA.


  • On Saturday, June 28, 2014, Stephen Korup wrote:

    I received an Envelope today the 28th of June from the "Senior Benefits Dept" and it was marked on the front Second Notice Time Sensitive .
    I pulled out the Card that was inside and it Said " you may Qualify for a State-Regulated Life Insurance Program to pay for your final expenses regardless of your medical condition, even if you have been turned down before.Then it said it would pay 100% up to 35K ,then i read over where you put in your information underneath where your spouse's name goes, it says "Not Affiliated with or Endorsed by any Government Agency" that said Scam to me right there because the beginning of the Card said "State-Regulated" Am I wrong to think that ,that is a Government Agency if they are Regulated by the State of (in my case Delaware ) .And the Card had to be Back in 5 days .

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