PALOS HILLS, IL – An insurance company is warning residents to be wary of a man posing as one of their agents, who has asked Wells Fargo customers to message him on social media if they are interested in making easy money. When a concerned resident responded to the private message on her Facebook page and asked which company he was affiliated with, the scammer replied “Insurance Navy.” The scam was reported on June 26.
Matthew Pudzisz, Marketing and Design Manager for the for real Navy insurance at 10338 S. Harlem Ave. in Palos Hills, wants people to know that his company doesn’t do business on Facebook, texting, or other social media. Insurance Navy sells affordable auto insurance and SR22 insurance to consumers.
“They’re just looking up your bank account information,” Pudzisz said. “This is not credible and has by no means to do with [Insurance Navy]. ”
The scammer’s Facebook post beckoned account holders (literally) “if you are too serious and want to get approval by earning $ 2,500 to $ 7,000 #MessageMe now for instructions and NO PERSONAL MONEY NEEDED either.”
The concerned citizen exchanged private messages with the scammer, who gave a 773 number and asked if the concerned citizen was “going to text me or not.” The concerned citizen noticed something strange and contacted the Insurance Navy office in Palos Hills to report it.
The Insurance Navy management team called the 773 number provided in screenshots by the concerned citizen. A man replied and confirmed that he was an employee of the Insurance Navy. He said he worked at the “Skokie location.” The company has no place of business.
Managers began to question the man about the company.
‘I was told he was confused. He didn’t know what to do. ‘
The incident was reported to the Palos Hills Police Department, but as no crime had been committed, the police told Pudzisz that there was not much they could do.
“Insurance Navy wants to remind current and potential customers that the company will never ask for your personal information via social media or text messages,” the company said in a written statement.
People are advised to report anything else suspicious on social media by calling Insurance Navy at 708-237-0404 and selecting option 7 for technical support. Also ask for the employee’s full name and office location. Employees can also be verified by calling the Insurance Navy trunk line at 708-237-0404 during business hours and asking to speak with a manager.
According to the Better business desk, a non-governmental organization focused on increasing confidence in the marketplace, BBB Scam Tracker has received dozens of reports of scammers using Facebook Messenger to promote fake exchanges and other scams that are too good to be true. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t.
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