Scam Alert: A warning about consumer fraud

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We’ve recently learned that an individual or organization is sending out letters on counterfeit versions of letterhead for James B. Oswald, a Westfield Insurance independent agency in Cleveland, Ohio, claiming that the recipient is a winner in the “Customer Compensation and Appreciation Bonanza for all customers of major stores in U.K. U. S. and Canada.” The mail package includes a fraudulent check for $4,000 drawn on a Westfield Bank account that is closed and asks the recipient to send $2,900 to cover taxes on a larger prize.

Please know that these mailings are completely false and have nothing to do with Oswald, Westfield Insurance or Westfield Bank.

If you receive such a letter, do not respond to it in any way. Alert your postmaster that you have received the letter. Also, please advise us that you have been targeted by emailing Oswald at info@oswaldcompanies.com or Westfield Bank at WestfieldBank@westfieldgrp.com.

This mailing constitutes consumer fraud and is an illegal activity. It is a variation on a number of schemes criminals throughout the world use to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers. Don’t become a victim of this scheme. For more information on how to protect yourself from consumer fraud refer to the tips provided on our web sites.

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