GOOD TO KNOW: Beware of scam: National Retirement Security Task Force

by Pat Hafermann

Yet another scam preying on individual’s fears about Social Security, Medicare and the current financial crisis appears to be targeted at seniors. The National Retirement Security Task Force sends personalized letters to individuals which state that, “Social Security is hurtling towards bankruptcy at an alarming rate” and that it is, “Absolutely critical that the task force receives immediate financial aid within the next 4 days.”

The letter solicits a donation of $50 or $100 and includes a “special sip mail return envelope.” The letter uses scare tactics and alleges that there is a crisis and that no senior is safe. The reality is that the only threat posed to the individual is the threat of this organization taking someone’s money.

This organization is not registered to solicit contributions in Wisconsin as required per Wisconsin law. If you receive a letter from this group, you may file a complaint with the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing (DRL), which regulates charitable solicitation activities in Wisconsin. If you receive a letter from any other organization appearing to be a sham that is soliciting donations, you should check to see if they are registered by searching the DRL’s website at this link: http://online.drl.wi.gov/LicenseLookup/OrganizationCredentilSearch.aspx.

In the profession box you enter “charitable Organization (800)” and skip the license box and then enter the name of the organization. If they are not registered, then you should file a complaint. This is the link to the complaint form on the DRL website: http://drl.wi.gov.docview.asp?docid=20&locid=0.

If you have any additional questions, you may call Pat Hafermann, elderly benefits specialist with the Aging and Disability Resource Center, at ((20) 467-4076.

Resource: “The Specialist” July 2010


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