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Two scams to watch out for in Ontario
BY KELLY ROCHE
A mystery shopper scam has the Financial Services Commission of Ontario warning consumers and insurers to be on guard.
A company named My Shop Inc., which also goes by the name My Shop Ltd., is allegedly sending letters and cheques appearing to be from Allstate Insurance Company of Canada.
Recipients are asked to deposit the cheque and send the confirmation or deposit receipt to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
“These are fraudulent cheques and not authorized by Allstate, nor is Allstate affiliated with My Shop Inc., in any way,” reads a statement released by FSCO Wednesday, noting this type of scam is a version of an advance fee fraud.
“Consumers should exercise caution if they are contacted by anyone from these coordinates and are encouraged not to deposit the cheque or contact the company,” the statement continues.