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8 on Your Side: Treasurer Warns of Unclaimed Property Scam

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LAS VEGAS - A new scam promises victims money in the form of unclaimed property, but it's designed to steal their identities instead.

The scam starts with an e-mail that promises recipients unclaimed cash that's owed to them. In order to claim the award, the e-mailer asks for the recipient's personal information for verification.

The scam e-mail doesn't request money, just personal information. That information in the wrong hands could mean trouble.

This scam is tricky to spot, because state officials will contact people when trying to find the rightful owners of unclaimed property.

"When we see there are large amounts of money, we go out and try to find that person," said Nevada Treasurer Kate Marshall. "But, we invite them down here to the office. I have to tell you this does look like a government building, so you come down here and you know you are dealing with the state of Nevada."

The Nevada Treasurer's Office will send e-mails notifying people of unclaimed cash, but it won't ask for personal information by e-mail. The Treasurer's Office will try to that in person.

The e-mail scam isn't the only one involving unclaimed property. Another scam happens when someone shows up at your front door saying you have unclaimed cash. They offer to retrieve it for 15 percent of the total and some other fees.

The Treasurer's Office says if you have unclaimed property coming your way, it won't cost you money to retrieve it.

If you want to see if you have unclaimed property, visit MissingMoney.com.

If you have a problem you want investigated, contact 8 on Your Side at 702-650-1907.

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