Ohio Department of Insurance warns of check scam

(Columbus, OH – Insurance News and Markets) – Ohio Lieutenant Gov. Mary Taylor has issued a warning for Ohio residents regarding an  international mail fraud “fake check” scam that has resurfaced in the state.

Criminals are mailing letters with counterfeit checks instructing recipients to deposit the check and return the amount as a processing fee to “obtain” non-existent settlement or sweepstakes money. The correspondence appears realistic as if from legitimate businesses, including insurance companies, to perpetuate the scam.

“In the end, there is no settlement or sweepstakes money available for the consumer,” said Taylor, also director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. “Instead, those who cash the fake check could be obligated to pay their bank the entire amount plus additional fees.”

Additional vocabulary used in the past to entice consumers includes “lottery sweepstakes millions,” “sweepstakes draw,” and “consumer promotional draw.”

Ohioans who believe they have been the victim of an insurance fraud scheme should call the Ohio Department of Insurance at 1-800-686-1527.

Source: Ohio Department of Insurance.