Now that I have your attention.
Today’s question comes from a co-worker right here at KPRC Local 2.
This unnamed person received a letter in the mail informing her that she had “unclaimed property” waiting for her to pick up. All she had to do was log onto a website and find out how to access thousands of dollars. Being a smart consumer (and an avid watcher of KPRC Local 2), she knew that she could easily get any unclaimed cash through the Texas State Comptroller’s Office. Here’s where it gets tricky. She typed in www.texascomptroller.com, and came up with a website that appears to be just what it says. Problem is… it’s not. Click around on this site long enough and you’ll discover texascomptroller.com will also charge you to reclaim your lost money or property. And any unsuspecting person trying to go to the right site could be easily fooled. Obviously, that’s the plan.
The real address for the State Comptroller’s Unclaimed property database is this:
In February, we actually followed up on one of these postcards a producer received claiming she had a “refund” coming to her. Using hidden cameras, we discovered that she did in fact have money owed to her. To find out what the money was from and how she got it without paying a dime, check out the story by clicking this link: