Sheriff warns of possible scams
Submitted by John Merchant, Brown County Sheriff
Brown County Sheriff John Merchant reports on recent scams in the area, including a scam letter and an unidentified paving company.
Financial Consultant letter
Recently, many people in Brown County have been receiving scam letters from a supposed financial consultant/auditor. In one letter, Alfred Eriksson with Al Accounting in Canada stated that a deceased client with no immediate relatives has unclaimed life insurance deposits worth millions. The consultant seeks the help of the person receiving the letter, and requests for them to be the beneficiary since they and the deceased client have the same last name. The letter provides the consultant’s email addresses and fax, and requests the reader reconfirm their complete name and personal information in order to process the claim.
One part of the letter states, “You don’t have to worry about anything because this transaction will be processed legally and protect you from any infraction of the law.”
Residents are concerned that these people have their home addresses. According to Merchant, what this letter is trying to get people to do, is forward their information either by fax or e-mail with the hopes of receiving millions of dollars from an estate of a potential relative. This is a scam.
By contacting them, you are opening the door for them to gain access to your identity, personal and financial information. If you were an actual heir, a credible attorney would be contacting you, not a form letter. If you receive a letter such as this, do not reply. If you feel you have been a victim of a scam such as this, please report it to your local law enforcement at once.
“Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it is most likely a scam,” Merchant said.
Merchant also said he has had several county residents call him with concerns over a paving company that has been soliciting in the area. According to Merchant, residents have reported that a man is going door to door telling them that he has one last load of asphalt from a job and is needing a driveway to put it in. According to residents, the man is willing to do this at a reduced cost and in two instances, a cash down payment was asked for to secure the material.
“While we are not sure if this is a scam or not, we are asking residents to make sure you know who you are doing business with,” Merchant said. “A credible business person should have a business card, company vehicle, and references from satisfied customers. Someone not known locally and asking for a cash payment is very suspicious. Know who you are doing business with before you enter in to a contract.”
Any residents with concerns are encouraged to contact local law enforcement.