POSTED: Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 9:19am
UPDATED: Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 4:33pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (STATE TREASURER'S OFFICE) — State Treasurer John Kennedy has issued an alert to Louisiana citizens regarding a national unclaimed property email scam uncovered by the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA).
According to NAUPA, Americans are receiving deceptive messages stating that it is from the director of NAUPA and that an abandoned package has been found belonging to the recipient. Replies to the message are forwarded to a contact with an international phone number. Individual state programs, such as Louisiana's, are the only legitimate portal for searching and claiming Unclaimed Property.
Anyone receiving these e-mails, or any suspicious email asking for your sensitive personal information, should be immediately deleted and reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) online at www.ic3.gov  and the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov .
Louisiana citizens can search for Unclaimed Property free at anytime online at www.LATreasury.com  or by calling 1-888-925-4127 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.