Reporting security scams to the appropriate authorities is encouraged by State Farm® to protect its customers. The following tips will help you avoid becoming a victim of scams activity.
Protect yourself from criminal activities. Here are tips to help you recognize, report and avoid falling victim to scams.
As society invents new ways to communicate and conduct business, consumers are targeted by scams through a variety of channels. Scam artists are getting more creative and sometimes use the names of large, reputable companies to make their scams convincing.
Consumers, including State Farm customers, are randomly targeted by scam artists who have used our company name to lure their victims. State Farm is concerned about these scams, and whenever possible, we provide the information we receive about them to the proper authorities to help in their investigations.
State Farm may send additional notices by mail if a premium or other amount is overdue.
Scams take various forms. The most common we hear about are letters, emails or phone calls. Take the following, for example:
You are notified you have won a lottery or other monetary prize.
Watch carefully for hints that documents have been doctored:
Scam example: You are told your insurance policy is about to lapse or be canceled due to unpaid premium.
If you get a call reminding you of an overdue payment, make sure it's your personal State Farm agent's office calling. If you have any doubts, hang up and call your agent at a phone number you know is correct. Your State Farm agent's first concern is that you and your personal information remain safe, so the agent's office will be glad to receive your call.
Scam example: You get an authentic-looking bill indicating you are in "Past Due" status; but, you don't remember the purchase or other transaction the bill is for.
If you don't recognize the company name or remember buying the items on the bill, call the billing company to confirm the purchase.
"Unclaimed property assistance" may or may not be a scam.
You may get an offer to assist with retrieving unclaimed property. This is often thought to be a scam but may be a legitimate service that assists for a nominal fee.
To be safe, it's wise to go to the state involved and claim your property directly. You can usually learn more about this by performing an Internet search using terms like "[your state] unclaimed property."