ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A new program called "Money Match" will return more than $12 million to Illinois tax payers.
The program will send letters to all Illinois residents that have unclaimed property less than $2,000 and only owned by one person.
Residents who qualify will receive a follow-up letter with a check after the initial letter is sent out.
Illinois treasurer Michael Frerichs says the state has more than $2 billion in lost money and unclaimed properties.
"We know we have convinced a lot of people that there are identity theives out there," Frerichs said. "So we are sending mail in advanced to let them know and we hope if they have any questions that they will reach out to our office and verfiy."
Frerichs wants to assure residents that the program is not a scam.