Statewide News
10:09 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Ohio Warns of Unclaimed Funds Email Scam

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The state is warning Ohioans not to fall victim to scam emails telling people they have millions of dollars in unclaimed money being held for them overseas.

Ohio Commerce Department Director David Goodman says in a news release that it's merely a ruse for tricking the message recipients into revealing personal financial information.

He says the emails claim to come from the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, which includes his department's Division of Unclaimed Funds. But Goodman says Ohioans with money they've lost track of would never be asked to pay a fee or provide bank account information, as scam victims may be instructed.

The Ohio division returned more than $60.9 million to current or former Ohioans during the last fiscal year. The average amount was more than $1,300.