The Department of the Treasury is warning New Jersey residents to be wary of receiving text messages that seem too good to be true.
These scammers are claiming to be from the Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Administration (UPA) and are sending text messages stating that that unclaimed funds can be accessed by clicking a link.
“We urge New Jerseyans to immediately delete any text messages claiming to be from Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Administration,” said Steven Harris, UPA Administrator. “When we communicate with people about unclaimed property, we do so by email or letter — never by text messages. In fact, we’ve recently improved our systems to make the real process easier for people to find out if we are holding onto their property.”
The fake text messages claim the recipient has unclaimed property held by the state in random dollar amounts. To claim this property, simply click a link in the message.
The UPA has reunited rightful owners with $380 million over the past three years. The state Treasury Department is the custodian of lost or forgotten assets such as inactive bank accounts, uncashed checks, valuables left in safe deposit boxes and stock certificates.
Residents can check for themselves to see if the State is in possession of any unclaimed property by visiting https://www.unclaimedproperty.nj.gov/.