State Treasurer Warns of Unclaimed Property Scam
- Published on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 13:46
“These postcards should be ignored as they are not being sent from our Unclaimed Property Division or any other state agency,” said Ron Estes, Kansas State Treasurer. “I urge all Kansans who have received these postcards to avoid responding in any manner.”
A series of postcards varying in color are instructing individuals to call a toll-free number and enter personal identification information. A recorded message then directs callers to search for unclaimed property at a website that is not the state treasurer’s official webpage.
The postcards, which are postmarked from Denver, have led to consumer complaints received by the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) and unclaimed property administrators in multiple states.
Estes reminds Kansans that the state will never request individuals to provide personal information to a call-in number or charge a fee to return unclaimed property—both common indicators of scams related to unclaimed property.
“If you’re ever uncertain of any correspondence or phone calls regarding unclaimed property, please don’t hesitate to contact my office for verification or assistance,” said Estes. “We take great pride in the integrity of our program, and are dedicated to helping Kansans safeguard their personal information and hard earned money.”
Kansans who believe they may have unclaimed property available to claim at the State Treasurer’s Office should search the state’s official website, www.kansascash.com, or call the Unclaimed Property Division at 1-800-432-0386 (toll free).Read More Local News