State treasurer: Beware of scam

State Treasurer Ron Estes warned Kansas residents of a scam going around the country involving unclaimed property.

The scam works as follows: Postcards marked “Unclaimed Property Notification” are sent out, with instructions to call a toll-free number and enter personal identification information. A recorded message then directs callers to search for unclaimed property at an unauthorized website.

The cards are postmarked from Denver, and have incited numerous consumer complaints.

“These postcards should be ignored, as they are not being sent from our Unclaimed Property Division or any other state agency,” Estes said in the release. “I urge all Kansans who have received these postcards to avoid responding in any manner.”

Estes said the state will never request individuals to provide personal information to a call-in number or fee for the return of unclaimed property, and that both are common indicators of scams.

 

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