Treasurer Stacy Gariti today warned Pennsylvania residents that fraudsters are using text messages to target potential unclaimed property applicants. The Pennsylvania Treasury Department never addresses people regarding any program, including unclaimed property, through unsolicited text messages.

“We have to be constantly on the lookout for scammers. I urge anyone who receives a phishing message about an unclaimed property to ignore it and remove it immediately. Do not click on any links or reply to these messages. If you have any problems, please contact my office. We will be happy to help, ”said Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Gariti.

You can contact the Treasury Bureau of Unclaimed Property at or toll-free 800-222-2046.

The amount of unclaimed property, which is now under the protection of the Treasury, is more than $ 4 billion. Anyone can view the online database at any time at to see if their property is pending, and – if so – begin the online claim process.

“Approximately one in ten Pennsylvania residents owes a portion of the more than $ 4 billion in unclaimed property awaiting the Treasury. We are always working to return as much as possible to the rightful owners. The average claim is about $ 1,500, which can really affect someone’s life, whether they need it to pay their bills today or want to save for the future. ”

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