FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2016
CONTACT: Sigrid Wald, public relations manager, Office of the State Treasurer 605-773-3378
State Treasurer warns of suspicious unclaimed property postcards
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast warns South Dakotans to ignore suspicious postcards labeled "Unclaimed Property Notification."
These solid blue, green, yellow or orange cards with a Denver postmark have been sent to various states including South Dakota.
"These postcards are not from South Dakota's Unclaimed Property Division or by any other South Dakota state agency," said Sattgast.
The cards tell recipients to call a toll-free number and enter in a personal identification number provided on the postcard. A recorded message then instructs the caller to search a website for unclaimed property.
Sattgast reminds South Dakotans that the state treasurer's office does not ask citizens to provide personal information through the use of a pre-recorded messaging system or charge a fee to return lost funds â€“ both common scams related to unclaimed property.
If you believe you do have unclaimed property, visit www.sdtreasurer.gov or call the treasurer's office and speak to an Unclaimed Property representative directly at 1-866-357-2547.
MEDIA NOTE: Contact Sigrid Wald, Sigrid.Wald@state.sd.us for a photo of the postcard.
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