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Texts from state saying you have unclaimed property are probably scams

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Posted at 5:34 AM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 05:34:09-04

LANSING, Mich. — Some Michigan residents are receiving text messages telling them the state of Michigan is holding unclaimed property for them. The Michigan Department of Treasury says they don’t send out texts, so the messages could be scams.

“These messages are not affiliated with the state Treasury Department and could be a scam. If you have questions about unclaimed property, visit our website or contact us directly,” said Deputy State Treasurer Ann Good in a release.

To actually find out if the state is holding unclaimed property belonging to you, go to the Michigan Unclaimed Property website or call 517-636-5320 between 9 a.m. and noon Mondays and Fridays and between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

The state Treasury Department says it has received reports over the last week that people have been getting texts from unknown sources, that the individual has unclaimed property, and a link provided will help them claim their property. The link is likely a phishing scam, and you should never click through to it. The Treasury Department does not deal with the public through text messaging.