State Treasurer Warns of Unclaimed Property E-Mail Scam

6 years 4 months 3 days ago Monday, August 08 2011 Aug 8, 2011 Monday, August 08, 2011 1:52:00 PM CDT August 08, 2011 in News
By: Amanda Sohaney

JEFFERSON CITY - State Treasurer Clint Zweifel warned Missourians Monday of an e-mail scam being sent out nationwide offering to connect the recipient with millions in unclaimed property.

Zweifel said the e-mails are from someone named Jeff Smith, claiming to be a director of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators. The e-mail says the FBI has found a shipment of $2.8 million, and says it is NAUPA's duty to guide the recipient through the process of receiving the unclaimed property. Then the e-mail asks for personal information, including the recipients full name, address, phone number, age and occupation.

Once the recipient responds, a follow up e-mail is sent. This e-mail directs the recipient to contact an attorney based in the United Kingdom named John Duncan Brown. According to Zweifel, the respondent is charged high fees for this call and is asked for personal financial information.

Zweifel said two things that indicate an unclaimed property scam are unsolicited emails asking for personal information and offers to return lost property, but for a fee.

Zweifel said people should verify unclaimed property by calling his office at (573) 751-0123.

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