Seniors Get Phony Mailing Requesting Money to Vote on a Social Security Referendum

Seniors Get Phony Mailing Requesting Money to Vote on a Social Security Referendum
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November 5, 2015

You have to hand it to scammers. They can come up with some pretty creative ways to get people to fork over their money.

The North Carolina Attorney General's Office is warning senior citizens of the latest incarnation of the Social Security scam. North Carolina seniors are getting a misleading mailing that asks them to vote in a referendum on Social Security—once they've made a donation of $22 to cast their ballot.

Seniors and authorities in Cleveland County have reported the scam, which could be happening in other areas of the state. People who get the mailing may feel compelled to give money thinking it will help protect their Social Security benefits, and recipients could easily mistake the mailer as having been sent by their local Senior Center or county government.

Rest assured that in the unlikely event there is a referendum involving Social Security, it would happen during an organized election and you wouldn't have to make a donation.

If you get a questionable mailing, check it out thoroughly before you respond:

Does it appear to come from an organization you know and trust? Check the fine print carefully to see who is really behind the mailing.

Ask a knowledgeable friend or family member to review the mailing with you before you agree to send any money. See if they think the request is from a legitimate source.

Contact the North Carolina Attorney General's Office or local law enforcement if you have questions about a mailing.

If the mailing claims to come from a government source, contact the office at a number you know is valid rather than the one listed on the mailing.

To check out a questionable mailing or report a scam, contact the North Carolina Attorney General's Office.