The treasurer says Massachusetts residents are getting letters in the mail saying you have “unclaimed property winnings” and asking you if you want help claiming it. Those letters are illegitimate.
Actual letters from the treasurer’s office will be mailed from Boston with a return address. They will direct residents to an official mass.gov website and they will have the official seal of Massachusetts along with the signature of the Treasurer.
If you do have any unclaimed property you don’t need someone to claim it for you. Just go to the states’ website and search for yourself or family members.
State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald said, “New names will be published in upcoming weeks that have been added to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt,I encourage everyone to search for their name in the paper. You may also search for your name by visiting greatiowatreasurehunt.com . Checking the paper or visiting us online is well worth the short time it takes.”
$74,478,325 of unclaimed funds was returned to Ohio residents in 2014.
One visitor to the Maryland State Fair discovered an unexpected windfall of $71,516. The Sate of Maryland is very proactive and searches for owners of unclaimed funds by advertising in local newspapers and matching files with state income tax information, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles.
Maryland’s unclaimed property database can be found at comptroller.marylandtaxes.com
According to Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, one in four Texans has unclaimed property from forgotten bank accounts, uncashed checks, security deposits and utility refunds.
Texas currently holds over $3 Billion in property that has not been claimed. In 2013, the state returned more than $180 million to its owners.