Unclaimed property scam targets Missouri residents

Unclaimed property scam targets Missouri residents

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel is warning residents about an unclaimed property scam that has popped up around the state.

The scam uses a letter supposedly from the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators and instructs the recipient to pay a fee in order to receive unclaimed property.

The NAUPA is an organization that Missouri is a member of, but it will not directly contact owners of unclaimed property. The state will contact the resident.

"Unfortunately we have received word that Missourians are being targeted by this latest scam and I want to make sure that everyone knows if you have Unclaimed Property in Missouri you can always receive it free of charge by working with my office," Treasurer Zweifel said. "You will never be required to go through a third party to claim what I protect. If you have questions or need help claiming your Unclaimed Property, please email my office at ucp@treasurer.mo.gov."

Treasurer Zweifel is required to mail a letter to notify owners of unclaimed property and post examples of those mailings on the treasurer office's website.

The office may then communicate through email or phone calls once a claim is filed through Treasurer Zweifel's office.

According to a press release, Treasurer Zweifel protects more than $929 million in unclaimed property in 5 million accounts.

You can check for Unclaimed Property any time on Treasurer Zweifel's website at ShowMeMoney.com and begin the claims process free of charge.

You may also check for unclaimed property outside of Missouri at www.Unclaimed.org, a website administered by NAUPA. It provides links to other states where you can also search free of charge.

If you believe you are a victim of this scam, please contact the Missouri Attorney General's Consumer Protection hotline at 800-392-8222 or visit the website to file a complaint.

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