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Augusta, Maine -
Having received additional questions from consumers, the Bureau of Insurance is once again advising to beware of illegal sweepstakes scams targeting people in this State and across the country. “We have reports from individuals who have recently received bogus sweepstakes letters and checks using the logo and name of insurance companies without the company’s knowledge or authorization,” stated acting Superintendent of Insurance Eric Cioppa. “There appears to be an increase in this type of fraudulent activity and we want to make sure individuals are aware that these sweepstakes and checks are not authentic.”
The scams, which were initially highlighted by the Bureau earlier this year, often direct the targeted individual to cash the counterfeit check and mail a handling fee to a company other than the named insurance company. Recipients of a fraudulent letter and counterfeit check are encouraged to call the Maine Bureau of Insurance at 207-624-8475 or 1-800-300-5000 (toll free in Maine). They should also report the incident to local law enforcement authorities.
The Bureau of Insurance is part of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation which encourages sound ethical business practices through high quality, impartial and efficient regulation of insurers, financial institutions, creditors, investment providers, and numerous professions and occupations for the purpose of protecting the citizens of Maine. Consumers can reach the Bureau through its web site at www.maine.gov/insurance; by calling 800-300-5000 in state; or by writing to Bureau of Insurance, 34 State House Station, Augusta ME 04333.
Last Updated: April 7, 2009 2:38 PM
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