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Unclaimed property program is free

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Louisiana's unclaimed property program is free and state Treasurer John Kennedy says residents should beware of an email scam that directs recipients to pay a fee in order to make a claim.

Kennedy says the scam surfaces every few years.

According to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, taxpayers nationwide are receiving emails appearing to originate from a regional auditor of the association. The email claims the recipient has inherited a large amount of money and promises further details upon receipt of personal information. Kennedy says NAUPA does not contact individuals directly.

Kennedy says so-called finders who search for unclaimed property for a fee do not have access to information that an individual can't find for him or herself for free through the department's website of toll free hotline.

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