State offers warning about unclaimed property scam

1 year 3 months 4 weeks ago March 29, 2016 Mar 29, 2016 Tuesday, March 29 2016 Tuesday, March 29, 2016 1:46:00 PM CDT in News
By: Stephanie Sandoval, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY- State Treasurer Clint Zweifel is warning Missourians of an unclaimed property scam using a letter that looks like it could be from the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA).

It instructs recipients to pay a fee in order to receive unclaimed property, but Missourians are not required to pay to search for or claim their property.

NAUPA does not directly contact owners.

"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," Zweifel said. "You will never be required to go through a third party to claim what I protect.

Zweifel is in charge of sending out emails or phone calls once a claim has been filed.

To check unclaimed property any time, owners can go to Zweifel's website to begin the claims process free of charge.

Victims of the scam can contact the Missouri Attorney General's Consumer Protection hotline at 800-392-8222 or visit its website to file a complaint. 

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