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Unclaimed Property Email Scam Alert

Scam targets possible unclaimed property owners

By Liz Crenshaw and Patti Petitte
|  Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013  |  Updated 5:43 PM EDT
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Unclaimed Property Email Scam Alert

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There’s a new email scam hitting consumers' inboxes, according to the Virginia Department of the Treasury.

Officials are warning consumers about a scam targeting potential unclaimed property owners.

The email looks real and is circulating around the country. It claims to be from a non-existent National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators regional auditor.

The scam promises a large amount of money is waiting to be claimed from a deceased relative. It says the money can be claimed in exchange for personal information.

The problem? The email is fake.

There is no large inheritance, and the information you give will be used to commit identity theft.
There are millions of dollars of unclaimed property like dormant bank accounts or unclaimed insurance money held by states.

You can check whether you have legitimate unclaimed property waiting for you here. For Virginia's Unclaimed Property Program, click here.

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