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Unclaimed Property Postcard Scams Abound

Unclaimed property administrators in a number of states are warning about an identity theft scheme where the thieves send "Unclaimed Property Notifications" to the public to solicit personal information.  The postcards contain a toll-free number and ask the caller to provide identification information in order to claim the property.  This scam has shown up in Delaware , Kansas , Nebraska , West Virginia , Maine , Kentucky and probably a number of other states. While these potential scams come in a number of different varieties, here are some tips to (try to) avoid scams relating to unclaimed property: Don't Pay to Search -- States do not charge a fee for allowing you to search for unclaimed funds, or in most cases, even to collect unclaimed funds. Don't Trust Links -- If you receive an email purporting to be from your state unclaimed property office with a link, go to the site directly.  A link to every states' unclaimed property office can be found on