LAS VEGAS - If someone calls you up and says you've won a million dollars, your first inclination is it's probably a scam.
Don't be so quick to hang up the phone, however, if the person on the other line says he or she is from the Nevada Treasurer's Office.
"Right now, we have twelve claims waiting to be paid out that are over one hundred thousand dollars," said Deputy Treasurer Kelli Miller.
The Treasurer's Office makes calls every day telling folks they have cash coming their way. "We make close to one thousand (calls) a week," Miller said.
Last year, the Treasurer's Office gave Nevadans $34 million. So far this year, it's given back $29 million. The office, however, is running into skepticism when it calls people to inform them they are owed money.
"I think with all the scams that we've had, it is just hard to believe that there are people who still do that," Miller said.
Thanks to a bill in the Nevada Legislature, the Treasurer's Office may soon have more money to give back.
Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams wrote a bill that will make it easier for Nevadans to get money from insurance benefits they may have never received. The bill is currently in committee.
"My passion is to increase the awareness of unclaimed property," Assemblywoman Bustamante Adams said.
Calls from the Treasurer's Office will increase in May – the office's reporting season. If you don't want to wait for the call, you can find out if you have unclaimed property on the Treasurer's website.
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