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Posted at 9:52 AM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 12:52:30-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Nevada State Treasurer’s Office is asking Nevadans to ignore and delete any text messages received from unknown sources indicating the State Treasurer’s Office is holding their unclaimed property.

Over the past several months, the State Treasurer’s Office has received reports of Nevadans who have received text messages which contain links encouraging the recipient to share personal information in order to claim their property.

“Our Unclaimed Property Division does not utilize text messaging as a means of contacting individuals. These messages do not originate from the State Treasury and should be ignored and deleted,” said Nevada Treasurer Zach Conine. “Be vigilant and do not share personal information via the internet or through text unless you know the identity of the recipient.”

Nevadans can visit the State Treasurer’s website to search for unclaimed property that may be due to them.

The Nevada State Treasurer Office is the custodian of more than $900 million of unclaimed property, which has been turned over to the state for safekeeping. It is the Office’s goal to reunite these funds with their rightful owners and heirs. In fiscal year 2020, the Office returned over $46 million dollars to claimants.

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