Senior Citizens/Retirement

An Open Letter to AARP: Senior Citizens–Who Really Cares?


By Harold Bell

Author’s Note: Thanks to Black Men In Founder Gary Johnson, we found a weekly podcast titled “The Perfect Scam” the podcast tells the stories of people who find themselves the target of a scam. Host Bob Sullivan introduces listeners to those who have experienced scams first hand, as well as professional con artists and leading experts who pull back the curtain on how scammers operate.  The AARP representative that I dealt with was Dan, a Fraud representative who never mentioned the podcast.  Neither did the rep that referred me to him.  Something is wrong with this picture! How is a podcast sponsored by AARP and their reps don’t have a clue?


Dear Ms. Jenkins,

My name is Harold Bell and I am a card-carrying member of AARP. There seems to be no checks and balances as it relates to senior citizens.

There are 30-50 million senior citizens (55+) on the rolls of AARP and they are being scammed by corporate America, other small-time gangsters, and thugs 24/7. Seniors are being scammed annually. The question, does anyone really care?

I am somewhat familiar with the pros and cons of the AARP. The former AARP CEO Addison Rand’s father was my mentor back in the day when the son was at Xerox Corporation here in DC. The son would sometimes stop in Face’s Restaurant and have lunch with his father. I met him in passing.  *His father was a no-nonsense guy and he was my checks and balances when I was a sports talk radio personality during the 70s and 80s. You could carry his WORD to the bank. When his son took over as the CEO of AARP I took notice, “The Fat Cats kept getting fat”! image - 2021-06-29T122607.627

Things have come full circle since that time and I am now using social media as my vehicle to continue to enhance the growth of our children with my non-profit organization, Kids In Trouble, Inc (KIT). I recently added “Seniors In Trouble” to my portfolio. I now protect senior citizens when I can. In other words, I try to advocate and preserve the lifeline of senior citizens during these difficult times.  *There seems to be a scam around every corner when it comes to senior citizens, there are car dealerships, car Insurance agents, overcharges and redlining at the banks, cable companies with hidden fees and hikes, home improvements scams. There are millions of senior citizens scam dollars lost annually (1.5 billion).

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