June 6, 2012
The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) is warning consumers about an online scam involving offers to perform data entry work from home for State Farm Insurance Services Agency, a non-existent company that is not licensed by FSCO. The fraudulent job offers have appeared on Craigslist.
Job applicants are asked to sign and return a document detailing the responsibilities of the data entry position, hours of work and payment. They are then told that computer equipment will need to be installed and asked to pay a fee to cover the installation.
Consumers should be aware that a request for an advance fee is a common characteristic of a job scam .
State Farm Canada has confirmed that it has no connection to State Farm Insurance Services Agency or these job offers.
In addition, State Farm Insurance Services Agency is not affiliated with any of the State Farm group companies (i.e. State Farm Fire & Casualty Insurance Company, State Farm International Life Insurance Company or State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company), all of which are licensed by FSCO.
Anyone who has received correspondence from State Farm Insurance Services Agency is asked to contact the State Farm Complaint Liaison Officer at StateFarmCLO@statefarm.com or 1-877-370-3276.
Consumers are also encouraged to forward the correspondence to the Canadian Anti-Fraud