The West Virginia Treasurer’s Office is encouraging residents to be on the lookout for important mail in the upcoming weeks.
According to a press release, State Treasurer John Perdue’s Unclaimed Property Division began sending letters to rightful owners of lost assets last week. The letters direct the owner to the State Treasurer’s website at wvtreasury.com to search for his/her name and file a claim.
As noted on the letters, the West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office does not charge a fee to search for or claim unclaimed property. Also, the office does not direct unclaimed property owners to a third party, the release said.
It is important to remember that the Treasurer’s Office will never ask for the owner or anyone to send in money in order to claim the property being held. A “scam” letter would likely direct the recipient to take opposite actions.
If you receive a letter regarding unclaimed property and have any questions, call the office at 304-558-2937 or 1-800-642-8687.
“It’s true that scam artists are active in the world but at the same time we don’t want anyone to miss out on reunification with their lost assets,” Perdue said in the release. “Our letters will be distinguished by the above information that runs counter to what a scam would convey.
“Last year we returned an all-time record of $17.7 million in claims to rightful owners and are always looking to break that mark.”
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