Prevent Elder Fraud by Getting Rid of Junk Mail

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Elder fraud is a 36 billion dollar problem

Thieving fraudsters are making a business of taking advantage of older adults. Almost 4 in 10 seniors are affected, losing over $36 billion each year to financial abuse.

And this isn’t only happening to the very old or those with Alzheimer’s or dementia – younger, more educated seniors are actually losing more money.

Did you know that the amount of junk mail your older adult receives is a sign of their fraud risk? It means that their names are on multiple mailing lists that scammers can use to contact them.

To reduce their risk of getting scammed, we share 4 highly recommended options to get rid of your older adult’s junk mail.

Getting rid of junk mail might seem like a lot of work, but it’s well worth it if it protects your older adult from losing their life savings to fraud.




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Reduce fraud risk by getting rid of junk mail

Putting a stop to the junk mail being sent to your older adult’s house is essential for reducing their fraud risk.

It also reduces the risk that someone with early dementia would repeatedly donate to multiple charities, sign up for many credit cards, or spend an excessive amount on catalog purchases.

 

4 options for getting rid of junk mail

We found 4 ways to get your older adult off of direct marketing mailing lists. They were recommended by a woman with a lot of experience.

She found and used these resources while on a mission to stop her grandmother’s flood of junk mail – 130 pieces each week!

Note: Don’t be discouraged if the junk mail doesn’t stop instantly. Most companies prepare their mailings 3 months ahead of time, so it will take about 3 months to see a reduction.

1. DMAChoice
The junk mail expert says this is the #1 way to stop junk mail and that most people will only need to complete this form.

Registering with DMAChoice stops mail from companies that your older adult has never purchased from or donated to.

You could use the regular form or the one specifically for caregivers.

2. National Do Not Mail List
This is another company you can use to opt-out from junk mail. It’s not the same as DMAChoice so you could register with both organizations.

3. Opt-Out Pre-Screen (1-888-5-OPT-OUT)
This company stops credit card offers.

FYI: They will ask for a Social Security Number. The junk mail expert says this is legitimate because that’s the way credit bureaus identify people.

4. InfoCision
This is a telemarketing company, but they also manage mailing lists for their clients.

Call (330) 668-1400 or email infocis@infocision.com to request removal from their lists. This can also help reduce those relentless  telemarketing phone calls.

 

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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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10 Comments

  • Reply August 15, 2019

    Nancy S

    I agree, THANK YOU. My 84 yr old dad came to live with me 2 years ago and we had his mailing address changed to mine. As of todays date he averages 50 to 70 pieces of junk mail a day. No matter how many times I tell him that for every 1 survey, sweepstakes or donation he makes, 10 more takes its place. These people are getting rich off of selling his name and MY address. I tell him to think about what this is going to do to me when he is gone. I just want it to STOP. He is junking up my house because he feels the necessity to read every single piece.

    • Reply August 16, 2019

      DailyCaring

      Wow, that’s a crazy amount of junk mail! We hope the tips in this article will significantly reduce the flood of mail.

  • Reply August 2, 2019

    Sharon T.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! My dad is 99, and my mom is 94. They get dozens of pieces of mail a day from these scare groups designed to make them feel the country/freedom isn’t safe, etc etc. I saw their tax returns, and they gave about $30,000.00 to various charities in 2018. It made me feel sick when I saw this. they just aren’t from a generation when things sent in the mail are NOT AUTOMATICALLY legitimate!!!
    Finding this post has given me so much more peace of mind. I can’t overstate how beneficial your contribution here has been for me. 🙂

    • Reply August 2, 2019

      DailyCaring

      It’s terrible that your parents have been flooded with junk mail 🙁 We’re so glad the article is helpful! Hopefully the tips in this article will reduce or stop those scams from arriving in their mailbox.

  • Reply August 1, 2019

    Aselin2

    Mom has been getting 12 or 13 pieces of mail a day lately, and she doesn’t seem to understand that even giving half of the requested amount of money isn’t a good idea. I am starting to intercept mail and mail back a letter stating that she doesn’t get mail there anymore and use the reply envelopes (that the recipient has to pay for!) to do it. Here’s to hoping I can turn this around. Since Dad died it has been unbelievable.

    • Reply August 1, 2019

      DailyCaring

      It’s great that you’re able to intercept this junk mail before your mom see it. Hopefully what you’re doing can help stop the mail. The tips above may also help to remove her name from the larger lists that often get sold to individual companies.

  • Reply June 29, 2017

    Diane

    Thank you for these great resources. I was only aware of one of them. Although my dad has passed away, it makes me cringe to think of how easily he could have been scammed when he had dementia and was still living at home.

    • Reply June 30, 2017

      DailyCaring

      I’m so glad this article is helpful! It’s good that your dad wasn’t taken advantage of 💜

  • Reply September 29, 2016

    Elizabeth Anderson

    One thing I have done is type up a generic letter stating that the elder will no longer receive mail at the particular address and then take the reply envelopes from the ‘junk’ mail enclose a copy and mail it back. It may cost you a bit of postage but I have cut down my father’s mail by about 75%.

    • Reply September 29, 2016

      Connie Chow

      Great idea, thanks for sharing Elizabeth!

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