So far, fake letters with the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) identification have been reported in Maine, Massachusetts, and California.
Meaghan Aguirre is the director of the Unclaimed Property Division of the Nebraska State Treasurer’s office. She says she does not know how many letters were sent.
“I think the big thing we want to relay is you should be careful to know where that letter is coming from,” Aguirre tells Nebraska Radio Network. “If you’re mailing information back, make sure that it is going to the state and that you should never pay money to get information about your unclaimed property.”
Aguirre says some businesses do seek a fee for finding unclaimed property, but not the NAUPA or state governments.
“If it’s coming directly from an individual in our office, it will typically be a general inquiry,” Aguirre says. “Then from there, we’ll actually send the claim form. That’s typically the way that happens.”
Aguirre says she has not heard about anyone in Nebraska receiving the letter.