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Avoiding Scams, Frauds, and Cons

What is Phishing?

Phishing: The fraudulent practice of sending e-mails pretending to be from legitimate companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as credit-card numbers, online.

Phishing Scam Game

Unclaimed Property Scam

If you receive an email informing you of Unclaimed Property, STOP! It may be a phishing attempt!

Check the Unclaimed Property section of our guide on Finding People, Public Records, Unclaimed Property, and More to see if you really are owed money before you respond to unsolicited emails with your personal information.

Verizon Scam

If you receive a phone message informing you that you are eligible for a refund from Verizon, do not go to the website mentioned in the message (usually or! This is a phishing website used to steal your Verizon account information.

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