My dad gets a load of junk mail daily asking for donations to organizations, surveys, charities, “save Social Security,” political campaigns, etc., all asking for money and enticing potential winnings if picked, with the amount of money increasing chance of winning. The elderly are getting inundated by junk mail – the amount just multiplies. and inundates them
The urgency pulls on emotions to rule their thinking. The Social Security program “is in jeopardy”, or you can win millions or $25K so all your money issues will go away. So many junk mail and other scams! Social Security viability is not an issue with his age group and money is wasted on some scam trying to scare the seniors.
The bad thing is that these junk mailings are enticing to keep chances to win going, and these little checks add up., and make seniors on limited income go broke. My dad got caught up in this and wrote little checks from $3 to $40 – In two months adding up to $3300 – but averaging $60 per day continual cashing of these checks, even months from when he wrote them. He’s depleted his safety net in money and has no understanding that it can add up so much. I told him quit – he’s spending more than he can ever “win” from them. He hasn’t won anything anyway.
I got him to stop writing more of these little checks (at least I hope – but he might be addicted), as he was shocked that he spent that much, but he won’t have any idea when these little checks stop cashing in and sucking his money. Little checks add up to huge amounts!
Try to stop the junk mail from getting to the senior – and toss it out. Don’t let him even see it if you can help it. If you can do a change of address form to divert the garbage mails away, then do it. Once he replies to one junk mail, they multiply because they know there’s a live one writing checks.