The State Treasurer's Office urges consumers to be vigilant and not respond to fraudulent
letters or emails or provide banking information to unknown sources.
If you receive fraudulent emails delete them and report them to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.
There are two ways to search for unclaimed property - free of charge:
- Visit the Treasury's official website, www.CTBigList.com. Enter your name, download a claim form and follow the instructions; or
- Call 1-800-833-7318, weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
August 2016 Update:
Consumers Warned About Fraudulent Unclaimed Property Letters
The National Association of Unclaimed
Property Administrators (NAUPA) is warning consumers to be
on guard against fraudulent letters arriving via the U.S.
mail and in email inboxes alleging that they have unclaimed
property in the form of a sweepstakes listing. This
deceptive message is on fake NAUPA letterhead
and requests money be sent to claim the property.
Example For further information:
In 2011, the State Treasurer's Office issued a consumer alert regarding a fraudulent email distributed worldwide. A man named Mr. Jeff Smith is alleging to be the Director of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA). Mr. Jeff Smith does not work for NAUPA and is not affiliated with NAUPA in any manner. The email states that NAUPA is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and that NAUPA returns unclaimed property to rightful owners. This is false. In Connecticut, the Office of the State Treasurer has the responsibility of reuniting rightful owners with their unclaimed property. Please do not respond to the email, and report it to www.ic3.gov.