Drowning in Junk Mail – How to block a loved one from using Western Union

While doing research, one of the topics I keep running into is mom or dad keeps using Western Union to wire money to scammers. The teller will flat out tell them it is a scam, and the elderly person will still incest on wiring the money to Nigeria, Jamaica or wherever the scammer is located.

Send your money to nigeria

There is a away to block them from using Western Union. I found this while roaming around on the intertubes.

I am adding a Western Union update to my post directly above . You can stop your elderly parents from making money orders to accompany these fraudulent sweepstakes entires.

Instructions: Mail an “application” (this is a letter created by you to include the following information: Parents name and aliases, Full Address, phone numbers and why you need to block the parent you are making the application for.

Mail application to: Western Union Attn.- Fraud Department 12510 East Belford Avenue M/S M21A1 Englewood, CO 80112

You can also fax the request for application to block an individual from utilizing Western Union for fulfill these scams The fax number is: 888-295-2995.

If you have the money order receipts you can open fraud investigations by either including the transaction number(s) in the request or by calling 1-800-CALL-CASH and choosing the fraud investigation out of the options given which unfortunately comes after listening to 4 options and then having to choose “more options” before you can connect to a fraud department representative.

Hope this helps all of you out there struggling with similar parental/elderly sweepstakes scams and fraud!

This is an extreme step to take against a loved one, but this entire blog is about extreme situations when dealing with elderly parents.  Western Union’s website has a whole Fraud Awareness section and it doesn’t mention this. A couple of notes: the poster assumes you have power of attorney for your loved one, and Western Union has a fraud hotline you can call directly (800) 448-1492, I would talk to them first before sending in any paperwork.

This article from the American Grandparents Association hits a little to close to home. This is exactly what happened to my gal.

These 2 grandparents got conned into laundering money.

We stopped the fraud long after it was to late. Please, if your parents are getting letters like these do everything you can to get power of attorney for them, gain access to their bank account, put a stop payment on checks to scammers. Contact Western Union, and stop the junk mail. Change their phone number if you have to. Do everything you can to separate them from those blood sucking scammers before it is to late.

And thanks to the Consumerist‘s Flickr page for the most perfect photo ever.

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Drowning in Junk Mail – Pyramid Schemes and Chain Letters

Over the past few weeks I have been getting Pyramid schemes and chain letters. This is a disturbing trend because these mailpieces don’t come from a professional direct mail firm, but from private citizens. These victims spend their own money on envelops, photocopies and postage in hopes of getting money from other victims. USPS page on chain letters. They want you to turn over any chain letter you receive that asks for money or other items of value to your local postmaster or nearest Postal Inspector. Write on the mailing envelope of the letter or in a separate transmittal letter, “I received this in the mail and believe it may be illegal.”

Let me be clear: the only person who is making money is the one on the top of the pyramid. Everyone else is a victim.

Person who participated in a chain letter and made a grand total of $3

I wish I knew how to get her name off the suckers list. The only way to stop these scams from attacking you is to fill out a from 1500 and send them to New York. These letters are very illegal and every person who’s name is on these letters is committing a crime.

Update: One chain letter letter mentions where to buy new names Dataline 800-497-2912. They are not the scammers! When you call them to get off their mailing list, be nice to them


GN-Info

This one from GN-Info PO Box 520 Danville, NH 03819-0520 is the most simple of my examples, one page, very strait forward. I only have to send them $1 or 2 stamps.


The Pursuit of a Better Life program, scam

The Pursuit of a Better Life Program has a chart of how the pyramid scheme works. For this one you send $20 to 5 people.

The copy mentions Title 18, Section 1302 & 13442 of the US postal and lottery laws:

Whoever knowingly deposits in the mail, or sends or delivers by mail: Any letter, package, postal card, or circular concerning any lottery, gift enterprise, or similar scheme offering prizes dependent in whole or in part upon lot or chance; Any lottery ticket or part thereof, or paper, certificate, or instrument purporting to be or to represent a ticket, chance, share, or interest in or dependent upon the event of a lottery, gift enterprise, or similar scheme offering prizes dependent in whole or in part upon lot or chance; Any check, draft, bill, money, postal note, or money order, for the purchase of any ticket or part thereof, or of any share or chance in any such lottery, gift enterprise, or scheme; Any newspaper, circular, pamphlet, or publication of any kind containing any advertisement of any lottery, gift enterprise, or scheme of any kind offering prizes dependent in whole or in part upon lot or chance, or containing any list of the prizes drawn or awarded by means of any such lottery, gift enterprise, or scheme, whether said list contains any part or all of such prizes; Any article described in section 1953 of this title – Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both; and for any subsequent offense shall be imprisoned not more than five years.


Infinity Pay 200 scam

Infinity Pay 200 from Quarterly Connection PO Box 468 Moffat, CO 81143

This one boasts that it was launched in April 2014. Presumably so that you know you are still close to the top of the pyramid. They want you to send in $244 to get the kit.


Alliance Publishing Scam

The Infinity Income Dealership by Alliance Publishing 3011 West 183rd St #342, Homewood, IL 60430. Chat on RealScam.com, Chat on Scam.com about Alliance Publishing, Catherine Reece, and Patricia Tate. You send $97 to Homewood,Il and $100 to the person who actually mailed the letter to you.


Mike Caruana Lotto Magic MLM scam

Mike Caruana’s Lotto Magic PO Box 8175 Van Nuys 91499-4139 or 21 Racetrack Rd NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547-1849

Blog about Lotto Magic.  Another not so friendly blog about Lotto Magic.


New Dimensions 50K Team scam

New Dimensions 50K Team PO Box 969, Grayson, GA 30017

It is a MLM pitch for  Body Balance liquid health supplement made by Life Force International 12460 Kirkham Court Poway, CA 92064. You send in $9.95 and they send you 1,000 post cards to mail out. A similar pitch is on the Life Force website.


As Seen on Oprah and 20/20 Chain Letter scam

As Seen on Oprah and 20/20 Chain Letter scam. This letter mentions where to buy new names Dataline 800-497-2912. They are not the scammers! When you call them to get off their mailing list, be nice to them. An example of the letter from 2009.


Platinum Acquisitions scam

Rob Leonard’s The Green Sheet scam AKA Massive Profits In Sports & Concerts
Platinum Acquisitions INC. 228 W Lincoln HWY #133 Schereville, IN 46375
They have bought and tested all the MLM and Pyramid scams for you. Just send them $20, and they will tell you how to make letters like this one to take peoples money.


Balboa Mailing Company

Balboa Mailing Company George Taylor 510 W, Broadway STE 800 San Diego CA 92101. Mail letters from home. Make $1000 to $5000 a week. But you have to pay them anywhere from $99 for 99 leads, all the way up to $399 for 500 leads.


Free Marketing System!
Free Marketing System!

Free Marketing System! Nathan Dickerson PO Box 1328 Elizabethtown, KY 42702. Send them $10 for a package to learn how to send out post cards like this one.


The Progressive Generator (Pig) JAN-L Marketing Inc
The Progressive Generator JAN-L Marketing Inc

The Progressive Generator JAN-L Marketing Inc 9805 Tamarisk Pkwy Louisville KY 40223. Just $10 for the start up pack.


Smartz Marketing Old El Paso coffee company scam
Smartz Marketing Old El Paso coffee company scam

Smartz Marketing, They have an F from the BBB, Old El Paso Coffee Company BBB page, PO Box 971618 El Paso TX 79997. (915) 546-9944. A very entertaining Rip-off Report complaint about Smartz Marketing and Jan-l Marketing. This is a sample of the “Your Coffee Club” MLM scam.


American Bill Money
American Bill Money

American Bill Money PO Box 4008, Portsmouth VA 23701 (757) 455-3551. Get Started for $25 (leads and postcards are extra) Ripoff Report page.

 

Flickr album of Chain Letters. I will add more as I get them.

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 36 pieces

All 36 pieces

This is a momentous week. I have dropped 100 pieces of junk mail per week, from when I started. I can see the light at the end of the junk mail tunnel. I am in a holding pattern until mid-October when I will be dropped from HSP Direct and Nova List. So, no emails to anyone new until then. I am entering every mailpiece into PaperKarma, where I have over 200 requests.


2 in 1 day
2 in 1 day club:

  • Liberty Guard, run by Bob Barr
  • De-Age, Liberty Fulfillment Center8350 E Evans Rd Ste D2Scottsdale, Arizona 1-800-919-8969 Ripoff Report entry. They offer a free sample but charge you full price for the product.

Response Unlimited
6 from Response Unlimited:

2 from Faith and Freedom Coalition
2 from Faith and Freedom Coalition, Wiki page, Open Secrets page, opt-out here INFO@FFCOALITION.COM

3 from the GOP
3 from the GOP:

Random Political junk mail
Random political junk mail:


6 charities
5 Charities:


Scams
11 Scams:

  • Stansberry & Associates Investment Research run by Porter Stansberry I know what you are thinking, How did a mailpiece with a scary Obama graphic end up in the scam pile? This is how.
  • Transaction Services Postbus 5 4033 ZG Lienden Netherlands
  • IER PO Box 115 NL 3940 AC Doorn Netherlands
  • Carmen Dumas attn: Paul Hammer PO Box 28 NL 1619 ZG Andijk Netherlands
  • 2 from De-Age, Liberty Fulfillment Center 8350 E Evans Rd Ste D2Scottsdale, Arizona 1-800-919-8969 Ripoff Report entry. They offer a free sample but charge you full price for the product.
  • Douglass Report opt out here
  • Dr. Sinatra 95 Old Shoals rd Arden NC 28704, opt-out here
  • National Magazine Exchange‘s Strike It Rich IX Sweepstakes  8285 Bryan Dairy Rd STE 150, Largo FL 33777  Tampa Bay Times on NME Ripoff Reports about NME
  • Post Card 1: Redemption Center PO Box 745069 Arvada CO 80006 1-877-537-9263
  • Post Card 2: 1-866-316-4203 They both have the same pitch: There is a gift card for a big store waiting for me if I just call the phone number.
  • New Dimensions 50K Team PO Box 969, Grayson, GA 30017. It is a MLM pitch for  Body Balance liquid health supplement made by Life Force International 12460 Kirkham Court
    Poway, CA 92064. You send in $9.95 and they send you 1,000 post cards to mail out. A similar pitch is on the Life Force website.

Pre-paid envelopes stuffed and ready to go
7 Pre-paid envelopes stuffed and ready to go

3 from 1500's
3 form 1500’s going off to New York

Left overs
Leftovers

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 41 pieces

All 41 pieces

After a nice light week, I am back up to the new normal of about 40 pieces. A new disturbing trend in the past few weeks as been Pyramid scams. I have gotten so many I am going to give them their own blog post.


2 in 1 day
2 in 1 day club

3 from Response Unlimited
3 From Response Unlimited

Civil rights trifrecta
The Civil Rights Trifecta again. Do they text each other so I get them all in the same week?

2 from Engage Direct Mail
2 from Engage Direct Mail
Senior Citizen Alliance a program of Citizen Guardian

2 from CatholicVote.org
2 from Catholic Vote, Wiki page, Open Secrets page info@catholicvote.org a project of Fedelis Open Secrets page

2 from Faith and Freedom Coalition
2 from Faith and Freedom Coalition, Wiki page, Open Secrets page, opt-out here INFO@FFCOALITION.COM

2 from the GOP
2 from the GOP

Random political junk mail
Random political junk mail


4 charities
Charities

Last but not least
St. Joseph's Indian School junk mail
St. Joseph’s Indian School, Wiki page, Charity Navigator page (not rated) BBB page. Opt-out here saintjosephs@stjo.org

I have read about the prize packages that St. Joseph’s mails out. This person received almost the same mailpiece.

This one includes:

  • Dreamcatcher
  • 2 pads of paper
  • 2 calendars
  • 2 sheets of mailing labels
  • 1 sheet of stickers

They sent all this crap. Then have the gaul to ask for $5 to cover the cost of sending the dreamcatcher, that was made in China.


7 US based scams
US based scams

  • Nature’s Wave, Pro Wave Energy System, Rife Model 101 Frequency Generator, dead website. Here is another company that sells the same thing. Royal Rife wiki page, QuackWatch page
  • Sweepstakes Contests America Mark Sutton president. 1-877-411-3145 The website is SweepResults, here is the rules page
  • Jeff Adams America’s #1 Real Estate Trainer, opt-out here support@jeffadams.com. She was a real estate agent for over 40 years. This type of mail does not surprise me.
  • Dr. Andrew Ordon, Wiki page, Derm Exclusive, Beachbody LLC 3301 Exposition Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404. I used the live chat robot to try to opt-out. It was hell bent on stopping the email newsletter. I don’t know if it got the hint that I wanted physical mail to stop.
  • GN-Info PO Box 520 Danville, NH 03819-0520 pyramid scheme
  • Advanced Bionutritionals PO Box 8051 Norcross, GA 30091-8051 opt-out feedback@AdvancedBionutritionals.com.
  • Infinity Pay 200 Quarterly Connection PO Box 468 Moffat, CO 81143. Run by Natalie Anderson. This is also a pyramid scheme

I get to go to step 2 with a Prohibitory Order!!

Happy Jello

Health Today going to step 2

After all the variations of her name and multiple addresses, I finally get to go to step 2 with a Prohibitory Order. I wrote “I received this on DATE.” signed underneath, on both the mailpiece and the envelope. Photocopied my copy of the Prohibitory Order that the USPS me. I am sending it back to the NY office.

5 international scams
International scams, and by international I mean The Netherlands

  • Postbus 67 6670 AB Zetten Netherlands
  • Winner Club PO Box 20 NL-17115 ZG Spanbroek Netherlands
  • IER PO Box 3139 NL-1620 GC Hoorn Netherlands
  • Luxury Jewels Dr. Walter Barkley PO Box 1219 NL-3600 BE Maarssen Netherlands
  • Bodenkamp & Haffner, Prof. Dr. Wiedemayer PO Box 8202 NL-3503 RE Utrecht Netherlands

6 pre paid envelopes stuffed and ready to go
6 prepaid envelopes ready to go

5 form 1500 ready to go
5 scams going to New York.

Left overs
Left Overs

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 28 pieces

All 28 pieces

It was a short week, this week with Labor Day on Monday. And like me the junk mail also took a short vacation. Only 28 mailpieces this week. You can really tell who the most thirsty groups are in short weeks like this one.


Response Unlimited
2 from random unrelated pieces of junk mail

Base Connect
2 from Base Connect:

RNC
2 from the GOP:

Thanks to Senate Conservatives Fund, Wiki page, Open Secrets page for the stickers. I put one in the pre-paid envelope for Republican Congressional Committee.

Random Political junk mail
Random political junk mail:


Charities
3 Charities:


scams
5 Scams:

  • Dr. Stephen Sinatra MD Cardiologist 95 Old Shoals rd Arden, NC 28704
  • Physicians’ Mind & Memory Alert
  • Health Today 30 Ryan CT STE 100 Monterey CA 93940
  • Mike Caruana’s Lotto Magic PO Box 8175 Van Nuys CA 91499-4139. It is a MLM, Group lottery scam.
  • North American Prize Compiling Associates PO Box 190 Old Westbury NY 11568. I have had trouble shaking these guys, between the 2 addresses (the other is PO Box 422 Old Bethpage NY 11804) and the multiple variations of her name that are floating around, this will be the 4th form 1500 I have sent out for this one scam.

19 pre paid envelopes stuffed and ready to go
19 pre-paid envelopes ready to go out. Remember this is both this week and last week’s envelopes.

Scams
6 scams going to New York. This is also 2 week’s worth of scams. Those aren’t tears of joy at having so few mailpieces this week. It started to sprinkle during my photo shoot.

left overs
Left overs

Drowning in Junk Mail – This Week in Junk Mail 48 pieces

All 45 pieces

I have stalled. I am stuck at 40-50 pieces a week. I don’t expect to drop again until the end of the month when the junk mail from Base Connect stops. I am taking a photo of every mailpiece in PaperKarma. I have entered over 140 different companies since I stated using PaperKarma in late July. A human from the DMA got back to me. They want people to mail in a formal complaint. I am going to try and get an e-mail address out of them.


2 in one day
The 2 in 1 day club

Response Unlimited
8 from Response Unlimited

DNC junk mail
4 from the Democrats

Survey time!!
DNC Survey
Just incase you haven’t figured out how I fill them out, I answer the opposite of what they want, then make junk mail the most important topic in America.

Engage Direct Mail junk mail
3 from Engage Direct Mail

The Senior Citizens League, The Social Security & Medicare Advisor
2 from The Senior Citizens League.  After being threatened with it in other mailpieces, I finally got at copy of their newsletter The Social Security & Medicare Advisor opt-out here info@tsclhq.org

Random Political Junk Mail
Random political junk mail


Charities
6 charities


Scams
6 scams

  • Douglass Report
  • The Infinity Income Dealership by Alliance Publishing Inc 3011 West 183rd St #342, Homewood, Il 60430. This is a pyramid scheme. You send $97 to Homewood,Il and $100 to the person who actually mailed the letter to you. Chat on RealScam.com, Chat on Scam.com
  • The Arthritis Trust of America PO Box 7003 Merrifield VA 22116-7003. This is a scam charity that has a scam sweepstakes attached to it. #48 Worst Charities in America
  • Liberty Document Reporting LDR PO Box 190 Old Westbury, NY 11568, PO Box 422 Old Bethpage, NY 11804. This is an advanced fee fraud scam. They want you to send in $21 and they will send you $3,639,921.00
  • National Magazine Exchange Strike it Rich IX Sweepstakes 800-975-8526, 8285 Bryan Dairy Rd Ste 150, Seminole, FL 33777-1306. Tampa Bay Times article about NME
  • C Logistic Processing PB20 4850 AA Ulvenhout Netherlands it is signed by Pippo. This is an advanced fee fraud scam.

I have sent or will send a from 1500 out for all of these scams except for the one from the Netherlands.

Because I went on vacation over the  holiday weekend, I will be processing the form 1500’s and pre-paid envelops next week.

Left overs
Left overs