A Meridian man grew suspicious when he receive an official looking “tear-apart” letter from an unidentified company with a return address at 325 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20003.
After opening the letter, he found a postage paid post card inside, declaring that he was entitled to more benefits than he was getting from social security toward final expenses. Inside the envelope was a lone postcard. The headline at the top said, “Final Expense Information.” The postcard had spaces for information requested– age, phone number, spouse – a signature.
“As a United States taxpayer, it is your legal right to receive all the information available to you,” the post card states.
He went no further, but contacted Better Business Bureau. “National Processing Center,” at this address (actually a “maildrop”), is not located here. The “National Processing Center” is not doing anything illegal, BBB has found. However, “National Processing Center” is not a government agency.
According to BBB files, consumers report receiving mailings offering information about senior issues and seeking general information to be returned on an enclosed card. As always, the BBB advises care in sharing personal information with unknown parties. Over the years, the mailings have indicated that the targeted seniors receiving the mailing can ask information or contact by providing their phone number and returning the mailer.
The most recent versions of the mailings show it can give information about Social Security tax changes and final expenses – death and burial expenses. Previously, the mailings focused on asset protection for estates and other financial offerings. Although the mailings show there is no affiliation with a government agency, it fails to give any company name or phone number so that recipients would know who they were dealing with.
BBB is attempting to contact the company through its address in Washington, D.C. This address is a known mail processing address. The real physical location or originator of the mailings is unknown at this time. Given those circumstances, recipients are advised to be cautious in dealing with any unknown party contacting them for business interactions. Reports show this company has done business under other auspicious.
Here is how the postcard looks.