JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch says an email message is circulating around from a person who claims to be a regional auditor from the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA).
The auditor claims to have found missing money that belongs to you.
But NAUPA officials notified the Office of the State Treasurer that the deceptive message is a fraud and the regional auditor, Mrs. Alexis James, does not exist.
The message promises the recipient that they have inherited a large sum of money from a deceased relative and more details will be provided upon receipt of personal information.
Treasurer Fitch says many times the intent of this type of fraudulent message is to entice people to respond with personal information for the purpose of stealing their identity or the victim will be asked to send a fee so that the claim can be processed.
“However,” says Treasurer Fitch, “While NAUPA does not notify owners of forgotten or missing funds, my staff in the Unclaimed Property Division does reach out to people on a daily basis in an effort to reunite them with their lost property.”
She recommends that people always contact their state unclaimed property office to verify that any communication regarding unclaimed property is indeed legitimate.
You can contact the Unclaimed Property Division at the Office of the State Treasurer at (601) 359-3534.
The NAUPA encourages individuals to report any suspicious unclaimed property communication to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) online at www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx
The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators is a non-profit organization affiliated with the National Association of State Treasurers.