April 22, 2010 12:28
The Office of Financial and Insurance regulation (OFIR) and Allstate Insurance Company are working together to warn consumers of an international mail fraud scheme.
An OFIR employee received a counterfeit check that appeared to originate from Allstate. The fraudulent check was issued for $4,970.20 and came with a letter informing the recipient that they won a $250,000 "Consumer's Promotion Draw" for consumers who shop at a number of the nation's major stores. The letter also explains the $4,970.20 check was issued to cover the "Non-Canadian Residential Tax" The consumer will have to pay to a tax agent. The consumer is also expected to pay $200 in insurance and delivery charges. The individuals sending these letters and counterfeit checks have no affiliation with Allstate and are illegally using the company's name.
Michigan consumers who receive or have received what appears to be a $4,900 check from Allstate should immediately contact OFIR toll-free at 877-999-6442 and the agency can direct their call to the proper authorities.