Sunday, October 26, 2014

Unclaimed Money Scams

We've written about unclaimed funds before, and the fact that you don't need a go-between to find yours.  Like a tasty onion, unclaimed funds have many layers: federal funds like unclaimed pensions or federal mortgage insurance, state funds like unclaimed insurance funds and bank accounts. We've even done a piece on local unclaimed funds like jury duty pay.

But some low-down scammers are trying to get more than money for something you can get for free--they want to steal your identity. According to a story in the Columbus Dispatch, scammers are calling people, telling them that they may have unclaimed funds IF they can just give them a Social Security number...

People, never give your Social Security number to anybody, and remember that nobody from a government office will contact you about unclaimed funds. You need to search them out yourself, using some of the sites listed here. And good luck.

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