Pennsylvania Treasury warns of unclaimed property texting scam
If you've received a scam text message saying you can collect unclaimed property, you aren't alone.
Now Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity is warning that phishers are trying to target potential unclaimed property claimants, and saying they are with the state. The Pennsylvania Treasury Department said in a statement that it never reaches out to people in regards to anything via unsolicited text messages.
"We have to constantly be on guard against scammers," Treasurer Garrity said in a statement. "I urge anyone who receives a phishing message about unclaimed property to ignore it and promptly delete it. Do not click on any links, and do not respond to these messages. If you have any concerns, reach out to my office. We'll be very happy to help.
"About one in ten Pennsylvanians is owed some of the more than $4 billion in unclaimed property waiting at Treasury. We're always working to return as much as possible to the rightful owners. The average claim is about $1,500, which can really make a difference in someone's life, whether they need it to pay their bills today or want to save for the future."
The amount of unclaimed property currently safeguarded by Treasury is worth over $4 billion.
Anyone can search the online database at patreasury.gov/unclaimed-property to verify they are a recipient.
Treasury's Bureau of Unclaimed Property can be reached by email at [email protected] or toll-free at 800-222-2046