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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 130 comments

  • On Thursday, June 26, 2014, S.R. wrote:

    On June 23, 2014, I too received an envelope from Senior Benefits Dept., P.O. Box 4057, Marietta, GA 30061-9921, stampted in red "Second Notice Time Sensitive,Important Document Enclosed- with an enclosed postcard (no postage necessary if mailed in the U.S.).The enclosed post card read, 2014 BENEFIT INFORMATION FOR PENNSYLVANIA CITIZENS ONLY.You man qualify for a NEW-state regulated program to pay for your final expenses regardless of your medical condition, even if you have been turned down before.It is important you know how to qualify for this benefit available to you.This benefit can pay for 100% off all funeral expenses up to $35,000.This payment is tax-free for PENNSYLVANIA residents. You are entitled to receive no-cost information as a resident of PENNSYLVANIA.IMPORTANT-Return this postgage-paid card within 5days.
    The postcard was pre-addressed & had a section to be filled-in(completed) with again the addressee's name, address, phone #, age, spouse's age & name.
    *in smaller print just underneath this section, was typewritten or electronically printed:NOT AFFILIATED or ENDORCED BY ANY GOVERNMENT AGENCY F61CAA
    enprinted with a bar code & # D100007111087-return address of: BUSINESS REPLY MAIL FIRST CLASS MAIL PERMIT # 95 MARIETTA, GA - POSTAGE WILL BE PAID BY ADDRESSEE: DATA SERVICES, P.O. BOX 1610 MARIETTA GA 30061-9915.
    Two different P.O. #'s were identified, & the 4 digits after 30016 were different as well.

    *Here's the real deal...if we were to be recipents of a all expense pre-paid funeral allotment. The payment of such seemly should be payable to the addresee/recipent & a legitimate
    funeral home,in the area of their residence or in the area in which this service is to be rendered.And if the remains are to be shipped/forwarded to another location, that form or payment would & should cover all costs.

  • On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, terry wrote:

    Why is this allowed to go.Is anyone takeing action on these scammers?

  • On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, naomi benefield piedmont,alabama wrote:

    just got this card today on june 24th 2014 it is saying 2nd notice never even got number 1 i will not send my information out to no one i know in my heart this is a scammed i am not even a senior yet yes they need to be stopped ripping people off like this

  • 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.

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