SCAM ALERT! Fraudulent postcard titled “Elder Law Update” targeting seniors
It appears that there has been a resurfacing of a 2004 postcard scam targeting seniors that advertises an “Elder Law
Update.” The business reply mailer begins:
“Congress has legislation that standardizes entitlement provisions for persons 60 and over….” and then solicits
personal information and a signature from those who request additional information from the “National Processing
Center” (a similar, earlier scam included the return address of “American Senior Alliance”). Recipients are urged
to destroy the mailer and notify the postal inspectors.
The information below is fromthe Senior Journal publication that describes the scam when it first surfaced:
“National Processing Center” Replaces “American Senior Alliance” in Suspicious Mailing to Seniors
By Tucker Sutherland, editor, SeniorJournal.com
Be wary of a mailing from the American Senior Alliance that made outlandish promises of information available
about “important Elder Law changes.” Now, there is a new mailing to seniors with more promises and the return
address is to the National Processing Center. We are reporting both to the U.S. Postal Inspectors for investigation.
The return card to request the free information asks for the sender’s signature, age, spouse’s age, county and phone
number. You have to question why the personal information and signature is required.
We had suspected the mailing was a scam and this suspicion is even greater after the name of American Senior
Alliance has been replaced by the National Processing Center in the new mailing. The new return address is to
PMB #220, 325 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20077-1038. We suspect this is a mailing service drop
box that the promoters hope senior citizens will think is a government service. Although, on the bottom of the card
in small print they state, “Not affiliated with or endorsed by any government agency.” The old return address was
a post office box in Marietta, Georgia. The postal permit for the return postage on the original card was issued in
Fort Worth, Texas, but the latest one is from Washington, D.C.
We urge you not to respond and to notify the U.S. Postal Inspectors if you receive this mailing. Watch for return
addresses on the cards to either the “National Processing Center” or the “American Senior Alliance.” The mailing
will look similar to the 2004 postcard scam example below.
Also see the Scam Notice as a PDF.