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Unclaimed cash claims investigated

September 14, 2012 2:04:33 PM PDT
A Triangle woman got a letter in the mail saying she had unclaimed money waiting for her.

Beverly received a certificate of authenticity letting her know $2.4 million could be coming her way. Just a few weeks before, she had searched online to see if she had any unclaimed funds. When she got the letter, she thought it might actually be her lucky day.

"Is it possible they found it, and they're notifying me that they did find something?" Beverly said.

Once she read what steps she had to take in order to get the money, she saw that she had to send in $20 to start the process.

"It's a lot, but still if it's true it's certainly not a problem. Then if it's not true, you're out $20 and you've just been scammed," Beverly said.

Before she sent in her own money, Beverly contacted me. I did some research and Beverly is lucky that she didn't fall for the scam.

A quick online search shows hundreds of people received the exact same letter as Beverly. The address where you're supposed to send the $20 is an apartment in New York, according to Google Maps.

"I'm glad I didn't do a stupid thing and send it back and just fall into their hands," Beverly said.

The only one cashing in on this are the people behind the letter, as they get $20 every time someone falls for the scam.

Many people do in fact have unclaimed funds. The Treasurer's office in North Carolina has about $400 million in unclaimed property funds. Those are legitimate, and you don't have to pay to receive your money.

To see if you have any money waiting for you, visit the Treasurer's office website.

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