The Maine Bureau of Insurance is advising consumers to beware of an illegal sweepstakes scam targeting MMG Insurance Co., a Maine domestic insurer located in Presque Isle.
Officials at MMG notified acting Superintendent Eric Cioppa that individuals across the country have received bogus sweepstakes letters which fraudulently use the MMG logo and name without the company’s knowledge or authorization. In addition, the fake sweepstakes notifications include counterfeit MMG Insurance Co. checks for varying amounts.
Officials stress that neither MMG Insurance nor its parent, Maine Mutual Group, has offered, sponsored, or otherwise endorsed a sweepstakes of any kind.
“MMG Insurance Co. acted swiftly and responsibly to reduce the possibility of consumer harm from this deceptive activity,” stated Acting Superintendent Eric Cioppa. “Recipients of the fraudulent letter and counterfeit check are encouraged to destroy the documents immediately and report the incident to local law enforcement authorities.”
MMG has posted additional information regarding the scam at the following link http://mainemutual.com/PDFs/SweepstakesScam0507.pdf