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State treasurer warns about phony unclaimed property Web sites

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 13th, 2013

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is reminding Illinois residents that checking the unclaimed property website, www.treasurer.il.gov, is free of charge, and a service provided by his office. 

“We have been getting reports of individuals who accidentally go to the wrong website and are asked to provide credit card information in order to find their unclaimed property,” said Rutherford.  “Those are outside entities or private companies that are charging to provide the information.  Be sure to visit our official website, where finding unclaimed property for you or your family won’t cost a dime.”

The I-Cash program helps reunite owners with their unclaimed property, and has seen tremendous growth since Treasurer Rutherford took office in 2011. In 2012 the total returned was $129 million dollars, a 27 percent increase over the previous year. 

For the complete article see the 08-13-2013 issue.

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