But that's all that's real. The mailer sounds urgent - telling seniors they must return the survey within seven days.
“This particular mailer is dangerous because it makes people think that they have to act fast. They're not thinking through the content,” said McBride.
The lengthy mailer plays on seniors’ fears telling them that “Washington is thinking about cutting your social security benefits.” Then it asks for a $17 donation and your credit card information.
“Once they have your credit card number they can do anything with it," McBride warns.
Don't be fooled if you get this packet, it’s best to take Mick Cole’s advice, “If it looks too good to be true, think before you respond.”
To avoid falling victim to this scam or any other, here's Deanna's Do List.
1. Be wary if you're asked to act immediately.
3. Never share your credit card or banking information
2. Be wary of mailers if you didn't initiate contact.
4 Report scams to the FTC.