Missing Money? Search MissingMoney.com to See if the Government Has It

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We’re all missing money these days. Now, the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators has unveiled MissingMoney.com, a website allowing people to reclaim funds they may never have received.

The premise is this: State governments around the nation have almost $33 billion in unclaimed checks, refunds, and other property sitting in their offices. MissingMoney.com allows you to find out whether any of that money belongs to you or your relatives. The Wall Street Journal’s Anna Prior explains:

Wishing for extra cash? You may be entitled to some of the nearly $33 billion in unclaimed property sitting in state governments’ coffers. These are sums that businesses were required to turn over to the states after no activity or contact with the owner after a period of a year or more.

Items can include dividend or payroll checks that haven’t been cashed, refunds, trust distributions, unredeemed money orders, insurance payments or refunds, annuities, certificates of deposit, customer overpayments and the contents of safe-deposit boxes.

To find out if a state has any of your money, visit the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators’ Web site, unclaimed.org. From there, you can access individual states’ records or the centralized MissingMoney.com (which includes records from most states, but not New York and California), all free.

You also can search for the names of deceased relatives who may have unclaimed property. If you can prove that you are the legal heir, you can claim those accounts. If a match pops up, you’ll need to fill out a claim form and submit it to the state’s claim office along with the proper documentation.

I tried searched for my name in the California database, then for my family’s name, but no luck. Just to test out the system, I searched for John Smith. California owes 20 pages of John Smiths money. So the database works. Try it out–and good luck!

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  1. Bill McCollam's Gravatar Comment by Bill McCollam on March 23rd, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Hmm.. if people are missing money because they haven’t cashed a dividend check or claimed an insurance settlement – I wonder how active they’ll be in looking at this web site. Maybe they will be (because the transaction cost is so low). But I expect this will create a type of intermediary that will try to actively find some beneficiaries and then look for a finders fee. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

  2. butler pardue's Gravatar Comment by butler pardue on April 26th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    we hail from france and settled in Penn.,TN.and VIR. THANK YOU

  3. ENTZY EMILCAR's Gravatar Comment by ENTZY EMILCAR on September 9th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    just want to find out how much money i have, please notify me via email http://www.msn.com

  4. kim's Gravatar Comment by kim on January 19th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    IF AN INDIVIDUAL HAS FUNDS THAT ARE UNCLAIMED,WHY DO YOU HAVE TO PAY A FEE TO RETRIEVE THEM ,ESPECIALLY WHEN THE WEBSITE AT FIRST SAY THAT IT IS FREE?

  5. Jean Lambert's Gravatar Comment by Jean Lambert on May 20th, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Just want to know if i have any missing money somewhere out there if aso let me know Thank you

  6. Elouise Lesston's Gravatar Comment by Elouise Lesston on July 17th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Trying to see if I have any missing money anywhere.

  7. cynthia kuczek's Gravatar Comment by cynthia kuczek on July 20th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    double paid on property taxes 1994 city of detroit wont send ck to address for overpayment

  8. Debra Harrison's Gravatar Comment by Debra Harrison on September 6th, 2010 at 7:56 am

    see if I have any missing money

  9. patricia washington's Gravatar Comment by patricia washington on February 11th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    i am looking for money left to me by my father leonard washington, someone else may be looking for it but it should me, it may be stock but iam not sure .

  10. Debra Ann Harrison's Gravatar Comment by Debra Ann Harrison on March 13th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I am looking for missing money send 2000 from the irs

  11. linda meske torres's Gravatar Comment by linda meske torres on April 26th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    please look and see if i have any money missing that i dont know about…thank you..linda m torres

  12. eric's Gravatar Comment by eric on June 23rd, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    do i have any money anywhere.if so can you let me know thank you

  13. Christine M Adkins's Gravatar Comment by Christine M Adkins on August 3rd, 2011 at 9:21 am

    hoping i have unclaimed money, if so let me know,thank you

  14. Evelyn cleaveley's Gravatar Comment by Evelyn cleaveley on January 30th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    do i have eny money any where let me know thank you.

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