How do I Find Out if I have Unclaimed Money for Free?
Millions of dollars of unclaimed property and money is just sitting there, waiting for someone to find it. Have you every heard of someone who found money they never knew they had? There are billions of dollars of unclaimed money and property out there. Texas alone has more than 2 billion dollars of unclaimed money and property.
How much money is out there with your name on it? Well, you will never know until you take a look. If you have changed your name, moved to a new state, entered a contest, changed a job, have a friend of loved one who has died; you may very will have a treasure somewhere out there waiting for you. Here is how to go about finding out if you have unclaimed money or property.
Where to Look
Do a web search, to find your
state’s comptroller or financial controller's office. The National Association of Unclaimed Property
site is also a good free place to locate unclaimed money or unclaimed property. Most states sites are run through the department of revenue
Do a search for the state you presently live
in. Also search for any names or aliases
you have gone under, and other states that you have lived in. They have an exhaustive list of data there is more likely to give you the information you need.
Find Lost Money
Watch out for the Scams
Do not pay to find unclaimed money or property online. There are many sites out there that will try to lure you to pay a small sum to find your money. They will seduce you by providing a list where your name will come up several times.
Your heart will race, as you see you own name pop up. You may see your middle name, middle initial or just your fist and last name. You will think, surely one of these people must be me. This is when they tell you for $29.99 you can get a full list on unclaimed money that "may" belong to you. Don't do it! Even if they claim, "as seen on Oprah" or some other well know TV personality.
How Long will it Take
Once you have found money or property that may be yours, you are
required to provide written proof of your identity and that no one else has
claim to the property. Some state will allow you to file unclaimed property on line, so check with the state in which you are filing.
You state will receives your statement, they will send you
a, “proof of claim” receipt. It will take from on to six months for your claim to be processed if all documentation is correct.
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