My neighbor, Emily Gale, age 93, is the target of dozens and dozens of what are probably fairly legit scams, but they smack of scam nonetheless. In the past few months she has asked me to explain a number of pieces of mail she has received and in most cases, I have said "Tear it up."
They usually take one of the following two forms:
1) "Emily Gale! You are responsible for the watermain at (street address of the condominium we live in) and it could cost you thousands! You need to send $XXX now!" All of it is in large font. Below in tiny letters it reads "Don't let this happen to you, send $XX dollars today to get your Home Water Insurance!
I told her (again, last week) that her common charges PAY FOR THIS and she should toss this one in the trash.
2) Same deal. This time sent to HR Director Emily Gale, asking if she has put up the appropriate posters about new IRS practices for her employees. If not, "You may be fined thousands of dollars". It was sent in a very authentic looking IRS peel apart envelope with the very authentic lettering the IRS uses. And I explained again that the company sending it (tiny tiny letters spelling out "Personal Concepts Inc."--I am betting they meant "Personnel") was just trying to get money out of her.
And then because we live in a city where there is really only ONE political party, though the other one always runs a mayoral candidate just for chuckles, she received dozens of begging letters from Majority Party soliciting funds to defeat the minority party, complete with tales of the evil minority party would do to senior citizens if ever they managed to get their hot little paws on the mayoralty. What really confuddled her was the fact that most of these were addressed to Henry Gale, her husband of fifty years....who has been DEAD for twenty years. I suggested she write the party a letter telling them that, as his name was taken off the voter's registrar years ago (her kids saw to it) that she should send the letters back, directing the people in charge to send the letters to the cemetary where Henry is buried.
It's bad enough when "businesses" try to scam seniors, but when the political clout that claims to protect the same folks tries the same sort of stunts, I really want to go slap people until their heads spin on their necks like Linda Blair's.