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New scam targets unclaimed property owners

By Kimberly McBroom, kmcbroom@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jul 31 2013 07:13:48 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 31 2013 07:14:53 AM EDT

There's a new scam to watch out for, and it could pop up in your email.

The Virginia Department of Treasury says the scam is targeting unclaimed property owners.

Scammers are sending out emails promising a large sum of money.

They say the money comes from a dead relative.

Then they ask for your credit card number.

In some cases, the victim will also be asked to provide a sum of money up front in order to pay for processing.

The Virginia Department of Treasury says they will never contact unclaimed property owners in this manner.