Michelin issues consumer fraud alert for United States and Canada

    Counterfeit Michelin checks being sent to consumers as part of mail scam

    GREENVILLE, SC, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - Michelin North America today issued a
fraud alert to consumers in the United States and Canada. Yesterday, Michelin
learned from some savvy consumers that fraudulent Michelin checks were being
mailed, apparently part of a scheme to defraud the public.
    Letters, claiming to be "Consumer Prize Award Notifications" have been
received by consumers in at least nine states. The letters instruct consumers
to deposit the enclosed Michelin check and then issue a new check in the same
amount from the consumer's bank account to cover the supposed taxes and
administrative fees associated with their prize. Consumers are told they will
then receive another check and details on their prize winnings. Contact
information on the letters lists a Canadian address.
    These Michelin checks are completely fraudulent. Michelin has absolutely
no involvement in any program or sweepstakes of this nature.
    Since yesterday, Michelin has received more than a dozen calls about the
scam. The company has alerted the appropriate law enforcement officials in the
United States and Canada and is working with authorities to find those
responsible and hold them accountable.
    Any consumer receiving a letter or other communication of this type
should contact their local law enforcement authorities immediately. The checks
involved in this scam are counterfeit and not issued by Michelin. Consumers
receiving suspicious Michelin checks are asked to contact the company toll
free at 1-800-MICHELIN.
    Consumers are urged to be vigilant whenever receiving unsolicited offers
or prizes. Be very suspicious of offers that require you to pay money or send
checks in order to receive a prize. Additional consumer guidelines, including
instructions on how to file a complaint are available from the U.S. Federal
Trade Commission at:

    Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs,
manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes,
automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks,
motorcycles and the space shuttle. The company also publishes travel guides,
hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in
Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelin-us.com) employs more
than 22,000 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants in 17 locations.

For further information:

For further information: visit www.michelinmedia.com or contact: Lynn
Mann, Michelin North America, office: (864) 458-4698, email:

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