Posted on Mar 8, 2012 in Local resources, Money & finances
I keep getting emails and snail mail saying that there is unclaimed funds/property in my name, blah blah blah. It seems like a scam or some sort of scheme to take money from me — not get it for me.
No need to worry that the people sending you bulk mail have some privileged information that you can’t access, but that would — with their help — lead you unto riches.
You can easily search for possible unclaimed property and money all on your own, for free — all it takes is a little know-how, some time, a printer, a pen, some envelopes and a few stamps.
The US Treasury states — in bold red text — that there is no government-wide, centralized information service or database on how unclaimed government assets may be obtained. Each individual federal agency maintains its own records.
Here are a few places you can begin your search.
In addition, the Treasury refers people to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators at unclaimed.org. Some states, like Arizona, suggest people visit missingmoney.com, a Xerox company.
You need to search your name in every state you have ever lived. Be sure to consider all possible variants. For example…
Finally, be sure to check the records every year or so — tax day might be appropriate and memorable — in case new money is reported.
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