Florida Office of Financial Regulation issues scam alert


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Office of Financial Regulation has issued scam alert that could be sitting in your email’s in-box right now.

Scammers are using some very official looking documents to try and cheat people out of their money.
The agency says consumers are getting fake emails, accusing them of being behind on a payday loan. Not only do they emails say the consumer is behind on payments, they even go so far as to say legal proceedings have already started.

In one incident, the person emailing identifies himself as Officer Joel Winston. The other one is John Smith. There's a 904 number to call as well.

When News4Jax called that number, the voicemail picked up. The person speaking has a foreign accent and says he's with OFR.

Through fake e-mails, the consumer is told they are behind on a payment and in order to resolve the problem, they need to call the number. These scammers use logos and website snapshots from real organizations. This is done without permission.

Here's what the OFR says you need to watch out for if you get one of these emails:

  • incorrect grammar
  • multiple misspellings,
  • vague details
  • also, look at the sender’s email address, if it does not match the organization listed, it's probably fake.

If you've gotten something like this, the OFR wants to hear from you. You can file a complaint online: www.flofr.com or call (850) 487-9687.

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