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How I Got $100 Free Money

I got $100 free money today! To say the least, I am amazed!

Like many of those who read HubPages, I'm always on the lookout for ways to get some extra cash. A few weeks ago I was wandering around in cyberspace and came across one of the ads for unclaimed property. I've passed up these ads before because there are so many promises of quick cash that come to nothing, but this time I decided to do a little more research.


See If You Can Get Free Money

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Start with Free Sites - You Should Not Have to Pay to Check

Although there are companies you can pay to do searches for your unclaimed property, there are many free sites that you can easily search on your own. There are sites to look for VA benefits, lost U.S. Savings Bonds and even international unclaimed money.

A good place to start your search is on the NAUPA (National Association of Unclaimed Property) site. NAUPA is a free government website which is affiliated with the National Association of State Treasurers. This data base can link to any state that has an online searchable database for unclaimed funds.


The Search Only Takes a Few Minutes.

To start out, enter your last name and current state of residence into the search field. If nothing comes up, try again using only your last name. Don't forget to try any other names you may have used like a maiden name or married name that you no longer use.

If you've lived in different states as I have, check out each state individually. This is very easy to do on The Missing Money website. Start by entering your last name and current state of residence in the Missing Money search field. If this initial search doesn't turn up anything, the site will suggest going to the individual state data base for which a link is provided. From there try other states where you've lived, using your name and your spouse's name. I found that I got more information by using just my last name, then I could scroll through the hits to see if any of the addresses matched.

There Really Is Unclaimed Money!

Millions of Dollars of Unclaimed Money is Just Sitting There.

It comes from many different sources: uncashed rebate or other checks; unclaimed security deposits; extra interest; uncashed dividend or payroll checks; refunds; traveler's checks; insurance payments; customer over payments of utility bills; unclaimed inheritances and more. In some states you can even get refunds for unused gift certificates.

I Found My Name and There Was Unclaimed Money!

In a few minutes I was delighted and surprised to see my name pop up in South Dakota's unclaimed funds data base. At first I couldn't imagine why I would have unclaimed funds, but eventually I remembered that a rebate check for a cell phone I had purchased years ago never arrived. The website didn't tell me exactly how much money was there or where it originated, but did give me a link to download and print a claim form. O.K., that sounded pretty easy. The one-page form asked for some basic information as well as proof that I had resided at the address in their data base and proof of ID. In a few minutes I had filled it out, made copies of pertinent information and sent it off to the State Treasurer of South Dakota. What did I have to lose except the cost of a stamp?


And the $100 Check Arrives!

Two requirements for making a claim are to claim proof of residency in the state where you found your unclaimed money and proof of your ID. My money was fairly easy to claim because I had proof of my residency in South Dakota and proof of my ID. Claiming money from a state of residence where you resided many years ago might be harder, especially if you don't have proof of your residence. But even so, I think it could be done.

And I Got a Check for $100

Taa Daaa!

Four weeks after I sent in my request, I received a check for $100 from the South Dakota State Treasurer! The mystery of where it came from was not ever solved as they didn't tell me in their letter, but, hey, I'll take it anyway!

Good luck with your search for FREE MONEY! Start wth NAUPA site at the right, then check out the links below, too. They're all free and easy.

Other Useful Links to Free Sites

The Internal Revenue Service
The IRS may have an undeliverable refund check that belongs to you.U.S. Federal Tax refund checks.

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.
If your pension plan no longer exists, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. has searchable database which will help you determine whether you are owed any pension benefits.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
A resource website to search for any unclaimed insured deposits for financial institutions that were closed by a regulatory agency between Jan. 1, 1989 and June 28, 1993.

U.S. Savings Bonds
Go to Missing U.S. Federal Savings Bonds to see if you can reclaim missing U.S. Savings Bonds. You can also down load forms to cash Bonds in the name of someone who is deceased at Treasurydirect.com.

Veterans Administration Benefits
Search for unclaimed veterans benefits
owed to you by the federal government.

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Happyboomernurse 6 years ago from South Carolina

Hi Stephanie,

What a great title that should perk the interest of a lot of readers! Your instructions were very easy to follow and I felt comfortable doing so because you had completed the process yourself. Unfortunately I didn't have any unclaimed money, but as you said, it only took a few minutes to check into it. Thanks for sharing.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a nice surprise! You may just help others to discover some free money. Rating this useful. Thanks!


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JayeWisdom 6 years ago from Deep South, USA

I immediately checked out three states I've lived in with two different last names. There was no unclaimed property awaiting me; however, I can now notify my nephew that the state treasurer's office has some money for him. I will enjoy giving him that good news. JAYE


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Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA Author

Isn't it fun to locate some "free" money even if it's for someone else? Thanks for stopping by Jaye and Peggy!


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CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Congratulations on your 'free' money Stephanie. Its amazing what information sources there are on the internet these days


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Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA Author

It is amazing! Thanks for checking out my hub!


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katrinasui 5 years ago

Congrats on your free money. You may help others to discover some free money.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Great hub Stephanie. I know quite a few people who have cashed in on their 'lost' money. :)


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Thanks for commenting, Denise. It's good to know that others are actually getting back their lost money!


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shawna.wilson 5 years ago from Arizona

Wow, what a nice surprise! $100 can go a long way!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Thanks for commenting, Shawna. It was a great surprise!


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Awesome! I've bookmarked that website--like you, I doubt I'll find anything, but as you say..what's to lose?

Voted up, interesting and useful.


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Wow, this is very interesting Stephanie! I am so happy for you, and hope that it happens again for you. Woohoo! Have to look into this more, hmm :)


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HikeGuy 5 years ago from Northern California Coast

Happy to find this. I've always been skeptical -- having the link to check it out for free is great. Thanks for this.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

DzyMsLizzy- I'm thinking I should try it again. You never know what could turn up. Give it a shot! Thanks for stopping by MsLizzy!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Oceansnsunsets - It was a nice surprise when I got that $100! I really didn't believe that it could be that easy. Good Luck!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

HikeGuy - Doesn't hurt to give it a try! Hope you are pleasantly surprised!


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Millionaire Tips 5 years ago from USA

Congratulations! When I worked at the bank we had to escheat any money that was sitting around for a while (is it five years, I can't remember now). So I check with the state treasury every year. I did get a small check once.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Millionaire Tips - It never hurts to check! Thanks for stopping by to comment!


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craftybird 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Very cool! Sucks that Ontario doesn't allow unclaimed funds, though!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA Author

Craftybird - That's too bad. I see that some of the other Provinces have searches available. But thanks for stopping by to let us know about Ontario.


Arnold 4 years ago

i can't believe bloggers' formatting of article titles.. sooo desperate to drive people to your content sooo crying for those cents!! Gooosh


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Well, Arnold, my title seems to have drawn you here to read my article on how to get back unclaimed funds...or at least enticed you to leave a comment. Thanks!


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craftybird 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Well said, Stephanie!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I checked a couple of months ago. Nothing for me. Congrats on your find!:)


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you for your support, Craftybird! :)


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Linda,

Getting some money back once was quite a pleasant surprise. You might want to check back once a year or so just in case something turns up. I do check periodically - you never know!


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Mala Srivastava 4 years ago from India

very informative hub. Well done.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Mala Srivastava - Glad you found my hub on Free Money through an Online Search informative!


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jainismus 3 years ago from Pune, India

Thank you for sharing this great information. Voted up and shared.


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joanwz 3 years ago from Katy, Texas

thanks for this information. I will go check online myself.


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Jainismus - Thanks for reading and commenting on my article on Free Money! Thanks also for the votes and share!


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Joanwz - I wish you luck in discovering some free money! I know I was delighted when I found some and received a check a few weeks later. It never hurts to try. Thanks for stopping in to read and comment! Let me know if you discover some unclaimed money. :)


Harris 3 years ago

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your kind information about the hub on free money on online search information.Hope we will received kind instructions from you. Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Harris


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Harris - Glad this information was helpful to you.

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