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11 August 2011

Denison: Beware of Unclaimed Property Scam

“Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.” – William Thackeray

Beware of Unclaimed Property Scam

Our state treasurer has spent the last several months trying to make Missourians aware of existing unclaimed property and how to claim it. Now he is trying to warn Missourians about an email scam that claims to help Missourians reclaim lost property.

Specifically, if you receive an email from Jeff Smith, director of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, claiming to want to return $2.8 million in lost property to you, please disregard the email. The email also asks for personal information and asks you to call an attorney in the United Kingdom. Missourians who believe such an offer is too good to be true are right. The email is a scam that will result in anyone who falls for it being charged a hefty fee.

When trying to identify an unclaimed property scam, Missourians should keep two things in mind. First, the treasurer’s office does not send unsolicited emails asking for detailed personal information. Second, the office never charges a fee for processing an unclaimed property claim. If you have any questions regarding whether an email or phone call relating to unclaimed property is a scam, please call the treasurer’s office at 573-751-0123.

Other News

On August 3-6 I attended the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) 38th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. There were several legislators from Missouri in attendance, along with legislators from all fifty states. ALEC’s Annual Meeting covered public safety, education, health care, fiscal responsibility, policies to promote economic growth, and environmental policy. I came away from the meeting with some very good information.

On August 6th four scouts from Boy Scouts of America, Troop 111, in the 135th district received the prestigious Eagle Scout Award during a solemn Court of Honor Ceremony at King’s Way United Methodist Church. The scouts are Deven Colbert, Derek Colbert, and Daren Colbert, and their parents are Albert and Reina Colbert; and Brennan Kyle Smith, son of Calvin and Cynthia Smith. The Eagle Scouts were presented a House Resolution during the ceremony on my behalf by Representative Lincoln Hough, and I wish them the very best as they uphold the Scouting tradition. John Prescott is the Eagle Coordinator for Troop 111, and his son Logan Prescott also received the prestigious award.

Pictured left to right: Rep. Lincoln Hough, Deven Colbert, Derek Colbert, Daren Colbert, Logan Prescott, Brennan Smith

Several months ago I mentioned the bridge closing over Pearson Creek on Greene County Route YY east of Springfield. My office received a report this week advising the bridge was reopened the evening of August 9th. The bridge project was part of MoDOT’s Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program that will repair or replace 802 bridges across Missouri by the end of 2013.

As I mentioned last week, the District Directory will arrive in your mailbox very soon. I hope you find the booklet a great resource for local, state and federal contact information.

Interim Office Hours

Interim office hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Normal schedule will resume December 1, 2011. If you need to call me at home, my number is 417-887-3353.

I look forward to hearing from you. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office. Best wishes.

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