Scam Could Leave Victims With Empty Bank Accounts
MILAN, Tenn. - A few residents in Milan have received letters from an agency stating they have millions in unclaimed money and a limited time to get it. But there is a catch. Our research revealed the company that sent the letter, Financial Acquisitions Agency and its claims may be too good to be true.
"My husband read it, and it was a scam right off," said Tina Buchanan.
Buchanan received a letter from Financial Acquisition Agency last week claiming she had millions of dollars waiting on her. But to get it she had to sign a document and cough up some cash.
"I read the part that says send $20, and pretty much that's when I knew what it was," said Buchanan.
The fine print on the back of the document states by sending in money, the company would have access to the individual's banking account. The letter doesn't have an address or phone number for any questions.
Buchanan said, "We looked it up on the Internet and it there wasn't nothing there about the company."
But there is a P.O. Box in Miami, Florida, printed on the check. However, our investigation revealed Financial Acquisition Agency has the same P.O. Box as Prize Research Intelligence Agency and D.C.R., North America.
Comments on-line call the company a scam. Some even said they have been duped. Even Tina Buchanan said her sister gave money to one of agencies.
"She sent the $20 and didn't hear nothing else from them. She couldn't call them." Buchanan said, "So they could be making millions off of people that really ain't got the money anyway."
Authorities with the FBI said if something seems too good to be true, then it's best to leave it alone. They also say to be cautious of giving any banking information out especially if agencies already have your address. They said it makes it easier for thieves to steal your identity.