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State Treasurer Warns of Unclaimed Property Email Scam

missing money 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (8/8/13) – State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach is warning Kentuckians to be on guard against fraudulent emails alleging that they have unclaimed property. A deceptive email is being sent stating that it is from “Regional Auditor, Mrs. Alexis James,” of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA). The message promises the recipient that they have inherited a large sum of money from a deceased relative and more details will be provided once personal information is given. Several weeks ago, Treasurer Hollenbach informed the public that several business firms were attempting to “sell” individuals an unclaimed property search.
 
“This is far more insidious,” Treasurer Hollenbach stated. “While I previously informed the public that the majority of firms that provide these services work within the law, this email being sent to people is nothing more than a con-artist attempting to steal identities.” (For a copy of entire fraudulent email message visit: http://www.unclaimed.org/uploads/resources/229/fraudulent-unclaimed-property-email-message-2.pdf.)
 
Treasurer Hollenbach stated that there is no such person who works for NAUPA, nor does the organization notify owners of forgotten or missing funds. Further, the Kentucky State Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Division does not email individuals to inform them of unclaimed funds.
 
“My Treasure Finders program works with local volunteers who spend time calling members of their community as part of our initiative to return unclaimed property,” Treasurer Hollenbach stated. “I created the Treasure Finders program in Kentucky as a proactive way to reach out and let Kentuckians know about lost money and other assets being held for them by their state treasurer. But we do not send emails as part of that outreach.” Treasurer Hollenbach added that if any individuals receive an email claiming to come from his office, making this or similar assertions, they should contact Kentucky State Treasury directly.
 
To contact Kentucky State Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Division, call toll free 1-800-465-4722 or securely search for unclaimed property at http://www.unclaimed.org/uploads/resources/229/fraudulent-unclaimed-property-email-message-2.pdf.
 
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