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Compass & Map

Missing Money
There is over $50 Billion in unclaimed money in the US.

The Strategy: 

 

MissingMoney.com - start here, as this website aggregates all the state unclaimed money websites.

Did you know? - If you are paid a refund it will be returned to the state in which the company is located.  You could have money in California held in your name because you were refunded by a CA company that input your wrong address, spelled your name wrong, or sent you a check after you moved to a new location.

 

On my first search, I found money that was in my name, but my first and last name were reversed.  I found money from an ebay product that was refunded to me incorrectly, from financial claims made by others of which I was a recipient but they had no address on file.  I found money in my parents name, my wife's maiden name.  I found an insurance claim that was paid to a rental property I used to own.  Some were small and some were larger but it's free money if you can find it!

What's your story?  One of our members had a friend who found a $250,000 insurance policy that was left to them, and another found $50,000 from an estate settlement they knew nothing about.   Let us hear your story?

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Additional Places to Search!

 

1.  State Treasury Websites:   Each state has an unclaimed property program. A quick search can reveal if you have any unclaimed money through NAUPA.

2.  Federal Deposits:   Ever had a tax refund that never showed up? The IRS might be your unintentional savings account.

3.  Old Bank Accounts:   Banks are not treasure keepers. Money in inactive accounts is turned over to the state. Claim it before it becomes part of a pirate's loot!

4.  Stocks and Dividends:  Lost track of old stock or dividend? Financial institutions are obligated to hand over inactive assets to the state.

5.  National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators 

6.  IRS – Where's My Refund?:   Missing government refunds, overpayments and more

7.  Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Unclaimed Funds - Missing bank funds, fees, returned checks

Here are some tips for using the unclaimed money websites to find unclaimed money:

  • Use your full name, including any middle names or nicknames.

  • Reverse your first and last name, add you middle name

  • Try common misspellings of your name

  • Try different variations of your name, such as abbreviations, initials, and maiden names.

  • If you are unsure of your Social Security number, you can still search for unclaimed property using your name and address.

  • Search for unclaimed property in every state where you have lived or worked.

  • Unclaimed money can come from a variety of sources, including dormant bank accounts, unclaimed insurance proceeds, forgotten utility deposits, and unopened tax refunds.

  • You can search for unclaimed money in every state where you have lived or worked.

  • It is important to be aware of scams. There are scammers who will try to steal your money or personal information by claiming to help you find and claim unclaimed money.
     

  • Here are some tips to avoid scams:

  • You should never pay a company a fee to help you claim unclaimed property.

  • You can always file a claim yourself for free

  • .Never give out your personal information, such as your Social Security number or bank account number, to someone who claims to be from the government or a company that helps people find and claim unclaimed property.

  • If you are unsure whether a company is legitimate, you can contact the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) for more information.
     

Articles About Unclaimed Money:

  1. USA Today Article

  2. TreasuryDirect on Unclaimed Money and Assets

  3. Forbes Article on Unclaimed Money

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