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Unclaimed Property Scam

Mar 7, 2012

"Hello, I'm with the Florida Department of Financial Restitution, and I'm working with Attorney General Pam Bondi's office to help Floridians recover unclaimed property..."  

For a $600 fee?

You guessed it -- it's a scam.  Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater says there is no such department, and he wants Floridians to be on alert.

"These scam artists are trying to defraud consumers out of their hard-earned dollars by using deceitful practices and peddling a service that my department offers free of charge,” says Atwater.

If you receive a call from the someone claiming to be from the Florida Department of Financial Restitution, don't send money!  Call the 1-877-MY-FL-CFO (1-877-693-5236) to report the scam.

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