Ohio Dept. of Commerce warns against unclaimed funds scam

COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) - Ohioans are being warned about an e-mail scam telling them they have international unclaimed funds worth millions in cash.

The e-mail fraudulently states that it is from an unclaimed funds official and implies than an FBI agent vetted the matter. It tries to sound official and notes that the recipient doesn't have to pay to obtain the funds. If the recipient responds, they are directed to contact an overseas attorney.

The Division of Unclaimed Funds would direct a claims recipient to a private third party, charge fees to claim funds or request bank account information.

"Pure and simple, this is a scam," said David Goodman, Director of the Ohio Department of Commerce. "We will not have Ohioans ripped off by taking advantage of our unclaimed funds program that returns Ohioans' hard earned money to the rightful owners. The sender of that e-mail is not looking to return the money. They want to trick the recipient to obtain their personal financial information."

If you receive the e-mail, you are encouraged to delete it or report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.