Friday, June 14, 2013

Scam Alert - Insurance Benefit Information

"State Regulated Program To Pay Your Final Expenses" - Not What It Seems

LABELLE, FL. -- Florida residents are now receiving letters from Durant, OK advising "2013 New Special Benefits Update." What looks like a notice to advertise some type of special state benefit program is only a disguise to get your personal information in order to sell you burial insurance.

Inside the white envelope is a green card saying the recipient "may qualify for a state regulated program to pay for your final expenses..."  The card continues saying if you qualify for this benefit it will pay up to 100% of all funeral expenses.

But be aware the mailing from Benefits Processing Center in Durant, OK is actually a way to get your personal information, including your signature and age of yourself and your spouse along with your phone number.

If you send the info, be prepared to receive phone calls from sales people trying to sell you death insurance, sometimes called funeral insurance. One of the most expensive types of insurance, this outfit does not indicate on the mailing that it's actually trying to get your information in order to sell you an insurance policy.

They can mention "a state regulated program" on the mailing because all insurance companies selling policies in Florida are regulated by the Florida Insurance Commissioner's office.

But consumers should know this company is not offering any kind of program operated by the state, contrary to what they may lead you to believe.

The real clue is the disclaimer at the bottom of the mailing in small print "Not Affiliated With Any Government Agency."

Advice: If you want to purchase burial insurance contact your regular local insurance agent. Always compare costs and benefits with several companies before purchasing. Don't give out personal information blindly by mail or phone.

98 comments:

  1. Anonymous5:06 PM

    They are now sending from "Senior Benefit Department in Marietta GA.

    This is definitely a scam

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    1. Anonymous11:45 AM

      Just received one and I'm in Michigan. Slimy a holes.

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    2. Anonymous3:41 PM

      Thanks, my dad just got this. Good info to know. They're also reaching out to Pennsylvania people via the Marietta, GA mailing address.

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    3. Anonymous4:18 PM

      I got this number to be taken off their mailing list. Of course i hit *67 before i dailed this number...Call 770-426-9100 ask for Kate Towers tell them you want to be removed from their mailing list... I hope this stops these letters for good. Just a waste of paper!!! .

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    4. Anonymous2:14 PM

      Also getting it in Berea, KY

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    5. Anonymous6:29 PM

      hey..just write " nice try asshole" on the card and mail it back...it's prepaid postage, the least it will due is run up their cost per lead...

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    6. Anonymous7:09 PM

      My Mom received a notice from Benefits Information Processing, Marietta, GA and the note enclosed indicated "2015 Benefit Information for West Virginia Citizens Only". Therefore, based on all other complaints, this company is being fraudulent by saying "for WV Citizens Only". My Mom asked me to google this company and I'm glad people have recognized this company as fraudulent, therefore, you saved my Mom from revealing her personal information. thanks you all very much

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    7. Just sent back the card I got today from Marietta, marked it " expletive off!!

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    8. carol 12:41 this jackass bunch have been doing this for years they are scumbags tell all the seniors you know and anyone else with senior relatives, throw their crap in the trash!!!

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    9. Just got one today in lex. Ky...just for ky citizens...haha..why is Marietta ga. Taking care of Ky. Residents..also saw fine print...glad to see I was not the only suspensions

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    10. Anonymous12:09 PM

      so glad for google. my mother got this and it said Marietta Ga. and we live in Va. seemed odd to me so I looked it up. glad to have found this and been able to tell her to toss it.

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    11. Anonymous8:00 PM

      I just sent the card with a police number hahahahaha

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    12. Anonymous8:41 PM

      Just received one for 'Maryland' residents only from Marietta Georgia. Glad I had the sense to Google it. Thanks for the heads up.

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    13. Anonymous6:48 PM

      got one in ohio

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    14. Anonymous4:08 PM

      I just received one from Data Services in Marietta, GA, saying, 'second notice, time sensitive..return in 5 days...for Texas Citizens Only'...then the same state-regulated life insurance program as others stated.This particular "company" is not registered with the Better Business Bureau. People beware.

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    15. I will be taping the postage paid return envelope to 50 pound dox of rox and sending them to them on thier postage!

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    16. I will be taping the postage paid return envelope to 50 pound dox of rox and sending them to them on thier postage!

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    17. Anonymous4:26 PM

      Just received "For South Carolina Citizens Only".

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    18. Anonymous3:43 PM

      Hi, (We're in New Jersey.)A man came to my front door asking to speak to my 84 year old mother. I told him it wouldn't be necessary; I handle everything. He had her name, birthdate and address, but not her social security number. Also mentioned a Walmart gift. I believe this originates from one of their connections working in the credit card division of Walmart. Anyway who does door to door anymore for insurance. Also since when is a gift card offered for a store for insurance. These caused my atneas to go up.

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    19. Anonymous5:19 PM

      One way to get back at the company's scamming is to return the postage page envelope to them empty. They will lose money instead of scamming you.

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    20. Anonymous5:21 PM

      postage paid envelope, sorry.

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    21. Anonymous6:08 PM

      Just got mine in Ohio. Yes this is a scam for marketers to torture you. In the trash it goes.!!!!

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    22. Anonymous6:55 PM

      Got one also in NC

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  2. Anonymous2:19 PM

    They are also sending from Richardson TX 75080-9808 to North FL residents.

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  3. Anonymous2:59 PM

    How Dare they try to scam the elderly, or others for that matter. I too received a card asking for information...

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  4. Anonymous3:41 PM

    just recieved one of these from marietta GA, plus they offered a free Walmart gift card! Anything that sounds to good to be true, it is ! They want info about your spouse too. Why can't this be stopped?

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    1. Received one also from marietta GA, for Indiana residents only? Sending it back, with the words "nice try scammers" written across the front! Just so they can pay the postage! Pieces of Doggie Doo! WALLMART gift cards? What is this world coming to?

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  5. Anonymous5:56 PM

    thanks...mother just received one ...throwing in trash!!

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  6. Anonymous4:51 PM

    Just received this scam today in the mail from Durant, OK. Thanking this website for the "heads up"......much appreciated!!! File 13 here we come!

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  7. They want your age and signature and phone number... ARE THEY CRAZY? Im not STUPID enough to give my signature. That gave me heads up. I Dont like the idea that they must have gotten my name and address off some list that is sold out there.. should be a law against this for misleading people. Its a lie.

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  8. Why is someone not stopping these trashy criminals from harassing the seniors in this country???? It's disgusting.

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  9. Telzey8:04 AM

    I just got one from Senior Benefits Dept. out of Marietta, GA, for "Connecticut Citizens Only". Nice of you to warn us of the scam, but what do we do about it? Forward the cards to the post office? The FBI? Is anyone actually doing anything to catch and punish these criminals? I know the government is spending a ton of our tax dollars on the useless war on drugs as well as the futile attempt to stop kids from sharing mp3s, so who's working on shutting down these idjits? My elderly mom would have been exactly the type to fall for this hook, line & sinker, god rest her soul. She was getting 2 large bags full of junk mail a day just like this before she passed.

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  10. Anonymous12:47 PM

    I always think I'm one step ahead of the crooks, but have to admit that I almost fell for this one. Everything looked proper, but I thought I'd do one more check online to see if anything like this website was out there. Thank God my instincts were still working and something was posted warning seniors to beware. My Senior Benefits Dept. from Marietta, GA is going in the trash where it belongs. I'm with Telzey and wonder where the help is in situations like this. Haven't read a peep in the papers I read daily.

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  11. Anonymous11:55 AM

    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 SIGNATURE.
    MY DATE OF BIRTH.
    MY HOME ADDRESS (????)
    MY SPOUSES NAME, DATE OF BIRTH.
    MY PHONE NUMBER.
    AND MY EMAIL 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 . . .

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    1. Anonymous10:24 PM

      I'm going to try to copy and paste your post to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Folks should do the same and make everyone aware of this scam.

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    2. I have done just that. At least to Facebook. I don't have accounts in the others.

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    3. Anonymous11:44 PM

      The company responsible is the Rehg Group.

      Their CEO is Mike Rehg.

      Their web site is: http://www.rgiresults.com/

      Their phone number is: 678.269.7754

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  12. Anonymous4:01 PM

    Write "Take me off your mailing list please!" and mail it back to them. I received one of these today and I'm sure I've received them before. This time I made a copy and dated it. I want to see if I receive more after I request to be taken off their mailing list.

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  13. Anonymous3:16 PM

    Every one should send it back so they'll have to pay the postage......I sent mine back with a not so nice msg!

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  14. Anonymous11:31 PM

    I just received a letter today from Marietta,GA. Like all comments I have read,all they ask for is your name, address,age,and phone number.DON'T GET SUCKED IN BY THESE SCAMS!!!

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  15. Anonymous1:01 PM

    Received one of these in LA. no company name or ph#. Very little infor BEWARE!

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    1. Anonymous4:16 PM

      I got this number to be taken off their mailing list. Of course i hit *67 before i dailed this number...Call 770-426-9100 ask for Kate Towers tell them you want to be removed from their mailing list... I hope this stops these letters for good. Just a waste of paper!!! .

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  16. Anonymous5:05 PM

    Just received one from North Kansas City, MO. This makes me very sad and mad. How the hell are they branching out? Isn't this type of crap ... well CRAP!?! How are they allowed to do this? Such BS. I hope no one falls for this.

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  17. Anonymous5:19 PM

    I am sending back an empty envelope. Let them pay the postage. :) They are not getting my info or money.

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  18. I just receive this garbage which anoys me. They really spend a fortune in postage, mailing this scam to everybody. S.O.B!!!!!

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  19. Anonymous9:04 PM

    Where is my Government in all of this crap. They should hunting these bastards down.

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  20. Anonymous1:34 AM

    Rec'd one, in kentucky ... This is horseshit! Id like to givem a country ass woopin!

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  21. Anonymous2:27 PM

    I'm mailing mine back less my information took that part off there little form. They can pay for it going back to them. I did add some little notes on the form card not what there looking for in the blank spots LOL

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  22. Anonymous7:45 PM

    Thanks for the advice, and I have been looking for burial insurance lately my neice was killed and she had no insurance so we had to get up money to bury her.

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  23. I'm mailing mine back less my information took that part off there little form. They can pay for it going back to them. I did add some little card not what there looking for in the blank spots LOLinsurance news

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  24. Anonymous7:06 AM

    We live in Maryland, it was sent to my husband who has dementia, he had it all filled out and ready to mail but gave it to me first to see what I thought.
    I'm sure the scum get plenty of them back from innocent elderly.

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    1. Anonymous4:13 PM

      I got this number to be taken off their mailing list. Of course i hit *67 before i dailed this number...Call 770-426-9100 ask for Kate Towers tell them you want to be removed from their mailing list... I hope this stops these letters for good. Just a waste of paper!!! .

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  25. Anonymous4:11 PM

    I got this number to be taken off their mailing list. Of course i hit *67 before i dailed this number...Call 770-426-9100 ask for Kate Towers tell them you want to be removed from their mailing list... I hope this stops these letters for good. Just a waste of paper!!! .

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  26. Anonymous3:49 PM

    Mine came from Indianapolis, IN offering a "free Wal-Mart gift certificate." This may enticing to some seniors. DON'T FALL FOR IT. It could be a $5.00 gift certificate for all we know. No mention of the amount anywhere.

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  27. Anonymous11:57 PM

    Got one today 4-2-2015 for "Kentucky Citizens Only" out of Marietta, GA...They send it to you, then ask for your name and address...go figure!!
    Sending back envelope with blank slip of paper in it, so they can pay the postage!!!

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  28. Anonymous12:03 AM

    Go to the Federal Trade Commission(FTC) page and report scam(menu on left side of page)
    https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/?OrgCode=SCAMDET#crnt

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  29. Anonymous6:48 PM

    This is some bullshit nothing but SCAMS! Fort Worth Texas too their everywhere

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  30. Anonymous11:15 AM

    I received a notice from their Durant, OK locations claiming to be providing information on Senior Law Benefits and espousing many Federal and SSA benefits, some too good sounding to be true. Beware, scams come in many ways!

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  31. Anonymous12:25 PM

    same Pittsburgh, PA

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  32. Anonymous11:54 PM

    Ok, calm down people, this isn't a scam, it's just a marketing campaign. They are just trying to sell you the same life insurance that your local agent would try to sell you. If you're not interested, just don't send it in, if you mail it in your saying "yes, I'd like you to talk to me about some life insurance". It's not a crime, it's just marketing.

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    1. Anonymous3:56 PM

      Maybe sometimes, but doubtful in this case. Are you one of the scammers trying to waylay our fears?

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    2. MISLEADING marketing. The type we can all do without.

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    3. Anonymous3:32 PM

      you do it then and good luck

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    4. Anonymous11:40 PM

      Any time you rationalize your behavior by saying something akin to "It's only business" – you're doing something wrong.

      If you can't talk to your "consumers" as people – as you would speak to your mother, your father, sister, brother, friend, or acquaintance – then you've failed as a human being.

      And, sorry – as long as there is intentional misdirection – it's a scam. There can be real clients. There can be real products. It doesn't matter. When you employ intentionally misleading tactics – you are trying to pull the wool over people's eyes. Scam.

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    5. A marketing campaign would not be so reticent to say what they're selling and, lol, they'd have a website if this was a reputable operation!

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  33. Anonymous8:46 PM

    i just received one, Camden,SC.

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  34. Anonymous3:52 PM

    College Station, TX. Thank you for this information. I received one this week. It was way too vague, especially about WHO they were. It came from "Senior Benefits Dept." at a PO box in Marietta, Georgia. My gut said SCAM to get your information, and your site confirmed it. Thanks! Years ago an attorney advised me, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Say NO." He also said, "If it comes to you, say No." 45 years later, I'm so grateful for his sound advice.

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    1. Anonymous4:04 PM

      Me again: I posted on 7/17/2015; 3:52PM ET (2:52 CT); College Station, TX

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    2. Anonymous5:28 PM

      I got one for Ohio residents. I'm sending mine back with a little garbage also. Oh, and on the card it will read..envelope sealed with piss.

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  35. I am in Kentucky and got one of these. Mailing address is from Piscataway, NJ.

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  36. Just received mine in Lodi, Ohio

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  37. just got one today, says on envelope "second notice time sensitive"... figured it was b.s. and found this site. Glad I didn't fall for it ...can't stand unwanted phone calls and junk mail !

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  38. they needs to stop

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  39. What I recd was a medicare open enrollment qualification request card. Telling me I had better send back the card by a certain date and don't delay you have only one open enrollment! Then you read further and see in very small small writing "not affilated with any government agency". Ya right!!

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  40. Just rec'd mine today from Senior Benefits Dept. in Marietta, GA for Pennsylvania residents. Thought it was strange that someone from GA would be sending me stuff about Pennsylvania. I'm glad I looked on line and found all these comments. I agree they should not be allowed to do this.

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  41. Anonymous5:00 PM

    Today 11/09/2015 my husband just received 2016 Benefit Information For Maryland Citizens Only it was from Marietta GA my husband wanted me to fill it out I told him I was going to check this out first. Sure as I set here it was a scam . Thank You for having this on your web site.

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  42. Anonymous10:05 AM

    Just got mine 11-13-2015 It says SECOND NOTICE TIME SENSITIVE. Appreciate all your comments. I found my trash can. Lrbg. Ky.

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  43. Anonymous6:26 PM

    I also received one today 11/16/2015 that stated SECOND NOTICE TIME SENSITIVE! I knew it was bogus before I opened the envelope ... more feed
    for the shredder! From PA.

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  44. Anonymous6:01 PM

    I also received this mailing today.
    Found out it has in the tiniest print under Spouses name:
    Not affiliated with or endorsed by any government agency.

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    1. I wrote "BITE ME!" on the card and mailed it back to them in their envelope. Now they will have to pay the postage. Small price but made me feel good!

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  45. Anonymous12:52 PM

    I just got it!

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  46. Anonymous9:03 PM

    This is the third one that I have received. I throw them in the garbage. They are sending from 2020 Pennsylvania Ave NW #973, Washington DC 20077-2446. They want all of my information which I refuse to give.

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  47. Anonymous11:17 PM

    The parent company of the "Senior Information Dept," if it can be called a company... is the Rehg group.

    Their phone number is: 678.269.7754

    Their CEO is Mike Rehg.

    Their Web Site is: http://www.rgiresults.com/

    Call them. Leave reviews for them on facebook and google.

    But they need to have the curtain pulled back. If they can't be prosecuted, they should, at least have to operate in the light of day – letting everyone know exactly what kind of people they are.

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  48. ALSO recieving this in Kansas

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  49. April 19, 2016. Arrived home and got my mail, among it the "Second Notice - Time Sensitive" envelope from "Senior Information Department". Do not remember receiving a first notice. Anyways, like the rest of you said, it seemed suspicious because it says "2016 Benefit Information for PA Citizens only", but it is administered in Marietta, GA? No way! Thanks to all for your comments, just confirmed the fact that if I want burial services, better to contact the closest Funeral Services Co. in the Lehigh Valley area and ask for a quotation.

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  51. Hailing from East TN, just received "time sensitive" and "second request" or some such nonsense. It's a notice from "Senior Benefits Dept." with very vague claims about Medicare benefits, trying to look and sound like something officially from the government. First glaring, screaming clue that it's a scam is that there is no website. Second glaring clue is that, oh by the way, we do life insurance, too. Third clue is that nowhere do they say who they are or even what kind of company they are. I've never seen a company with the official name of "Blah Blah Dept." Fourth clue is the careful language that makes no offer or inducement of any kind, which technically keeps them out of trouble. So, anyway, I wrote on the notice/form the expanded version of FOAD and a threat to contact the attorneys general and insurance commissioners of both TN and GA if they ever send so much as a carrier pigeon in my direction.
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    1. Anonymous10:09 PM

      Guys, chill! This is a legit way that people in life insurance find people interested in insurance and come help then with it. Bet 90% you have no insurance, or something totally different then what you think you have.

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  52. Anonymous11:19 PM

    Just received one in South Carolina can't they be charged?

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  53. I just got this in the mail today here in Savanna, IL. knew right away it was a bunch of bull when I saw all the personal information they want from me. Nice try dick head morons!

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  54. I just got this in the mail today here in Savanna, IL. knew right away it was a bunch of bull when I saw all the personal information they want from me. Nice try dick head morons!

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  55. I just got one of these but from Senior Information Processing PO Box 3070 Marietta, Ga 30061-9847

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  56. Anonymous12:39 PM

    Just received one in Spartanburg SC from Thomasville NC! Mailed it back with a nice little note!

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  57. Anonymous3:43 PM

    Received one in Hawaii with a return address of Washington, DC.

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  58. Anonymous11:56 AM

    most of the people in this list are morons. All marketing is deception. Cocoa puffs is not part of a nutritious breakfast and milk does not do the body good. IF YOU THINK THIS IS A SCAM. THEN YOU ARE STUPID. it says its state regulated program which if its an insurance program it is. Stop being paranoid trump voting idiots.

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  59. Anonymous5:32 PM

    Spoken like a true extreme Leftard ^^^

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  60. Anonymous4:01 PM

    an agent in Durant OK should be keeping an eye on po box 1201 so when the "PROCESSING CENTER" agent shows up to gather the duped mailing replies he can find him and his fellow criminal buddies a new home to live in for a couple of years.

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  61. I have my postage paid return envelope attached to a very securely taped box. In the box they will find a weeks worth of german shepherd poop. And while I forgot to include the information required, the "glitter fairy" added a little surprise. Hope it brightens their day!

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