State Treasurer John Perdue's office announced Tuesday its latest unclaimed property newspaper insert has generate twice the amount of unclaimed property claims than the one issued in 2012.
The office's 2013 newspaper insert, which ran in 55 newspapers across the state in February, has so far generated 3,734 claims from individuals seeking unclaimed property, officials said Tuesday.
That is more than double the 1,836 claims that followed the office's April 2012 insert.
A total of 2,371 claims this year were made online, versus 1,129 made last year. Another 463 people filled out the insert's inquiry form, as opposed to 147 who filled out the form in 2012.
"This confirms our belief that outreach works and underscores our commitment to return unclaimed property to the folks who own it," Perdue said.
Unclaimed property is any asset that has been lost or misplaced by the original owner, including safe deposit box contents, stock dividends or a final paycheck that wasn't cashed.
The February insert was only a partial listing of unclaimed property across the state, sampling assets that had not been previously advertised.Individuals who would like to see if they have unclaimed property in the state may visit www.wvtreasury.com or call 1-800-642-8687.