Goldberg said in a news release:
“It has come to our attention that fraudulent letters using our address and likeness have been sent to residents across the state. Our goal is to ensure that no Massachusetts citizen is taken advantage of as part of this scam.”
Unclaimed property includes forgotten savings and checking accounts, uncashed checks, insurance policy proceeds, stocks, dividends and the contents of unattended safe deposit boxes.
But Bay State residents are getting illegitimate letters touting “unclaimed property winnings” and demanding payments. And these letters are made to look like they are coming from the Treasurers Office, according to a warning from Massachusetts Treasurer Deb Goldberg
There are legitimate letters sent on the subject. The Office of the State Treasurer and Massachusetts legislators utilize the mail to inform owners of unclaimed property, Goldberg said.
The official Massachusetts Treasury website for unclaimed property – http://www.findmassmoney.com/ – is free of charge to search and claim.
Gallery: Unclaimed property auction 2015
How to tell a real letter:
Official unclaimed property notices will never direct owners to pay money, whether for processing fees, tax payments or otherwise, Goldberg said.
Massachusetts Treasurer Deb Goldberg warns of unclaimed property scam Gallery: Unclaimed property auction 2015 BOSTON — The Massachusetts Treasurer’s Office will never ask people to pay money