You know what we’re going to say here: It probably is!
The odds of you having unclaimed money out there, or having won an international lottery are slim. Red flags include:
- Receiving an “official” check you’re instructed to deposit; scammers usually require you to wire/send them money for processing fees.
- A request to call a number with an 809 area code; that’s basically a toll number and can cost you up to $25 a minute.
- A request for personal data so they can match you to unclaimed money; once they have that data, they can do some serious damage to your financial security.
If you think you might have unclaimed money, you can look for it on your own - for free - by visiting www.unclaimed.org. Do not, under any circumstance, give out your personal information over the phone or online.