Officials say the scammer gains access to an a person’s Facebook account and then sends a message to the “friends” saying their names are on the U.S. Treasury Department’s unclaimed funds list.
The message has an email address and phone number to call. When contacted, the scammer asks the consumer to wire money to pay for taxes and fees to get the cash.
The attorney general says the scammer has accessed at least one Vermont legislator’s Facebook account and contacted the “friends.”
The office says any Facebook message about unclaimed funds is a scam. It says the Vermont Treasurer’s Office has an unclaimed property program but does not send Facebook messages, emails or letters to consumers.