For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Contact: Jamie Mongiovi
Consumer Alert: Unauthorized Use of OFR Branding
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) was recently made aware of a scam that involves the unauthorized use of our agency’s name and past branding. The scam was sent to consumers via email in the form of a fake invoice.
The invoice details various fees to be paid to collect a large sum of prize money that is allegedly sponsored by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) and the National Manufacturers Association (NAM). The fake invoice contains logos, names and signatures of several legitimate organizations, which are used without authorization.
The OFR urges consumers to be aware of this scam. If a loan or prize looks too good to be true, it probably is. Any document requesting the payment of advance fees for prize money or loans is a red flag. Scam artists work hard to make fraudulent documents look legitimate and will often use the names of established, well-known organizations to trick unsuspecting victims. It is important to read any documents requesting payment carefully and verify their authenticity through the appropriate organization.
If you have received this fake invoice of if you feel that you may be a victim of fraud, please file a complaint with the OFR online, www.flofr.com
, or call (850) 487-9687.
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