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Recently I got a direct mailer from the NFRP, “the National Federation of Retired People.” I went to their website and found out they have been under investigation since 2001 for their deceptive mail out practices.

It seems they try to represent themselves as being approved by the Social Security Agency. By law no company, corporation or business may use any language that denotes any connection with the SSA.

In fact, they are really a company that buys mailing lists especially concentrating on people of retirement age. This is very dangerous because they ask you to respond and give your personal information. Having access to this information can lead to identity theft. Any insurance agency can buy these lists from them so, infact, they indirectly represent the insurance company that bought the mailings. Santonio, Texas is where they operate out of.

The owner of the company’s name is Elmer Gibson. Has been appearing in several different court proceedings beginning in a case initiated by The Social Security Administration October 28, 2002. Legislation is still pending in several other courts about this matter. Until a final ruling can be met it seems Mr. Gibson’s company is still mailing out these confusing and misleading mailers.

Bottom line, “the the buyer beware.” I suggest you check into any company before releasing your personal information you receive via the mail or phone. The mailer I got wanted me to mail back to them on an enlarged post card and place my personal information on the outside of the for the whole world to see. Anyone handling this return mailer would have my personal information in plain sight for identity theft. Common sense should tell anyone it doesn’t make any sense to broadcast your personal information on the outside of any material you are mailing. you for me or anyone

Posted on January 5th, 2009 at 20:27 by Alex Smith in Home Safety,Idnentity theft,mailbox security,U S Mail Security,Uncategorized - Comments (3)

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  1. we have companies like this in the UK, they get invested but closed down before the directors get taken to court, they then just setup another company and on they go.

    these people are proper scumbag criminals, and should be treated as such. if i store money from an old person i would be charged, and yet if i do it behind a company “thats okay”.

    Comment by carol � February 17, 2009 @ 1:46 am

  2. NFRP is a marketing company that sends out mailers to senior citizens, for insurance agents who sell Medicare Supplement insurance, life insurance, annuities, etc. They do not call senior citizens, and I have never seen them identify themselves as being a part of any federal government agency.

    The “personal information” that you describe as being asked for by NFRP on the large mailer cards is your date of birth and telephone number, if you are interested in receiving more information about the subject spoken about on the card. Many of NFRP’s cards CLEARLY indicate the subject matter on their cards. For example, their final expense cards CLEARLY indicate they are talking about final expense life insurance, and gives you options as to the death benefit that you are interested in. Their Medicare Supplement cards CLEARLY indicate they are talking about the changes in Medicare.

    You receive the card in the mail. You either read the card and respond to it, or you read the card and throw it away. It’s totally up to you. By the way, you do NOT have to list your date of birth and/or your telephone number if you decide to return it.

    Buyer beware? Buyer beware of what? We must stop being whiners in this country and start taking responsibility for our own actions.

    PS – I do NOT work for NFRP and submit this of my own free will.

    Comment by Robert � December 15, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

  3. I had the same thought when I rec’d the mailer card. Why would anyone put their personal info on an open card. Just because it’s picked up by the post person doesn’t mean it’s safe. my mail delivery person consistently eaves my mailbox open and on numerous times my mail has blown out and wound up in a neighbor’s yard or on the street. I’ve complained to the post office and they just kind of blow it off.

    Comment by Augie Snyder � September 25, 2017 @ 1:43 pm

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