TORONTO, July 3, 2018 /CNW/ - The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) warns consumers that an individual claiming to be a FSCO employee is using a fraudulent form in an attempt to gain access to personal and banking information.
Consumers are advised in an email that they will receive a large sum of money upon completing a "Next of Kin Application Form". The sender of the email goes by the names Thomas Beker, Thomas Bekker, or John Beker, uses the email address [email protected], and is using FSCO's logo and contact information in an unauthorized manner. Thomas Beker, Thomas Bekker, or John Beker are not FSCO employees, the email address is not an official FSCO email address, and the form is not an official FSCO document.
Consumers should exercise caution and should not provide personal or banking information when asked through unsolicited requests. Recipients of the email are encouraged to report these incidents to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
Consumers who are unsure about the authenticity of a FSCO form can view authorized forms in FSCO's Forms Directory on FSCO's public website.
SOURCE Financial Services Commission of Ontario
For further information: For media inquiries (only), please contact: Malon Edwards, Senior Communications Officer, Telephone: 416-590-7536, Toll free: 1-800-668-0128, ext. 7795, Fax: 416-590-7070, TTY Toll Free: 1-800-387-0584, Email: [email protected]; Public inquiries: 1-800-668-0128, [email protected]