NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
February 9, 2009
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420




     The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspected attempted fraud case involving a man who claimed to be a homeowners' insurance risk assessor.

     A Mary Esther couple reports a man called them in late January saying he was doing risk assessment inspections for insurance companies. They set up a February 6th appointment with the man.  The subject came over, took pictures of the residence, and said he was conducting an inspection to allow their insurance company to better assess the homeowner's policy. He then requested an $80 payment.

    The couple complied. However after contacting their insurance companies and learning no one had sent this individual to their home, they put a stop payment on the $80 check.

     Anyone else with information, or who feels he or she may have been victimized, is asked to contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office at 850-651-7420 or 689-5705.