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    Found Money

    Each state has a web site for unclaimed funds. Yesterday with not much to do I did some searches and was surprised at the number of businesses that have tens of thousands of unclaimed money just setting there. I had to call a good friend to tell him ...have you ever checked the state's unclaimed money site? No was his answer as I knew it was...told him here are your lost account ID numbers there is just under $15,000 setting there from four separate businesses he had owned.

    Then I noticed the local hospital.... it has four pages of unclaimed money that belongs to it.... which all they need to do is claim it ..(rather than send the blood thirsty bill collectors after former patients)

    So I did a general search with just my city as the focus... local schools have thousands of dollars in money setting there from school club bank accounts that are long forgotten (one from the 1970s)

    Just in Texas there is over Three Billion dollars setting in the unclaimed fund just waiting


    #2
    All that money just sitting there....hey businesses if you don't want it I'll happily take it! It would be put to good use funding my horsey habit....heck with that kind of dough I could get me a real nice horse or two or three!

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      #3
      My state used to have a booth at the county fair with lists of unclaimed funds. My name was never on them.

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        #4
        It was part of our probate administration process to check if a decedent had any unclaimed funds, which we would then collect for the estate. But better to do it now while you're still alive to enjoy it!

        Since then I've checked periodically for myself and have never found anything but have come across some monies for family members.
        http://trainingcupid.blogspot.com/

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          #5
          Holy crap, I just checked and my state has unclaimed money for me!! It's some refund that I don't recognize, and the amount just says "Less than $100". But what the heck, I'll claim it. Thanks, clanter

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            #6
            Originally posted by Training Cupid View Post
            It was part of our probate administration process to check if a decedent had any unclaimed funds, which we would then collect for the estate. But better to do it now while you're still alive to enjoy it!

            Since then I've checked periodically for myself and have never found anything but have come across some monies for family members.
            usually the funds that are transferred to the state have had to been in dominate status for a period of about three years (depends upon state). Last night I found that my older brother who died four years ago has money from a utility company setting, informed his wife to collect that money

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              #7
              Originally posted by HungarianHippo View Post
              Holy crap, I just checked and my state has unclaimed money for me!! It's some refund that I don't recognize, and the amount just says "Less than $100". But what the heck, I'll claim it. Thanks, clanter
              my normal commission rate is 6% but I waive that for you and others

              might also want to check variation of the spelling of names .... I found $6,550 for a friend that could be verified by address ...his business name was miss spelled on a cashiers check

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                #8
                Thank you, Clanter; I'd forgotten to check this for a few years. Alas, I had nothing, but I did alert my brother to $478 from an insurance agency. Your commission check is in the mail!

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                  #9
                  I did a search for Michigan, found a claim under my mother's name. They mentioned geneology records among other things. So maybe internet tying relatives together, like Facebook and others do? She talked very fast, not always clearly as phone workers do, in informing you as required.The site wanted a $ 44.90 fee for "legal paperwork" and registering me. Fee was for each claim, though I got a discount on each name if I wanted to hunt under other names.

                  Is this charge normal? The more she talked, the more it sounded like a scam. I did not pay the fee. Will be talking to my brother, whom she named as a relation, to confirm this was the "correct" person. Saved the phone number and confirmation number for him.

                  Edited Update: Did a second search under "State Official site" ending in Michigan.gov and they had nothing under Mom's name. So looking at search sites on Google, people may want to be careful which they choose. My firstly choice SAID Michigan Search For Unclaimed. I should have read further choices, before clicking on it.

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                    #10
                    I check our state's periodically. I never found anything for myself, but my best friend and my cousin both had small amounts of money at one point.
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                      Originally posted by goodhors View Post
                      I did a search for Michigan, found a claim under my mother's name. They mentioned geneology records among other things. So maybe internet tying relatives together, like Facebook and others do? She talked very fast, not always clearly as phone workers do, in informing you as required.The site wanted a $ 44.90 fee for "legal paperwork" and registering me. Fee was for each claim, though I got a discount on each name if I wanted to hunt under other names.

                      Is this charge normal? The more she talked, the more it sounded like a scam. I did not pay the fee. Will be talking to my brother, whom she named as a relation, to confirm this was the "correct" person. Saved the phone number and confirmation number for him.

                      Edited Update: Did a second search under "State Official site" ending in Michigan.gov and they had nothing under Mom's name. So looking at search sites on Google, people may want to be careful which they choose. My firstly choice SAID Michigan Search For Unclaimed. I should have read further choices, before clicking on it.
                      Correct-- go directly to the state government's official site.

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                        #12
                        Each state should have a database you can access directly on the state's website. Businesses are required to transfer unclaimed monies to the state after several years, usually 3. There is no need to pay someone to do a search and then take a "commission" from funds they locate. I've done searches myself. It's a little more work but it's gotten easier over the years. I wouldn't trust any website that says they will do it all for nothing. You may be turning over personal information that they will store in their records. Who know what happens to it after that.

                        The search filter might provide similar or misspelled names in addition to your request. Also, be sure to check other states if the person resided there in the past. Deceased individuals may have funds that can be claimed by someone who is entitled to file.

                        The state of Maine has an automatic process now I received a check a few months ago without filing a claim. They matched up information in their records (probably taxes) that identified me as the recipient. It was about $26, no big deal, but I didn't have send anything back. It did remind me I have to do searches for my deceased parents.

                        In the past I found a final paycheck that had been sent by mail, not direct deposited to my bank. Other funds remained in an inactive account somewhere, a refund check was never cashed, and overpayments that should have been refunded. I haven't struck buried treasure yet, but I'll keep looking.
                        "With hardly any other living being can a human connect as closely over so many years as a rider can with her horse." Isabell Werth, Four Legs Move My Soul. 2019

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                          #13
                          Interesting! I found unclaimed funds for my late husband as well as for my current husband. None for me, my mom, stepdad or my late father. But hey...we should be able to go out to a nice dinner when they come in!

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                            #14
                            I check periodically, I never have any. So sad.
                            COTH's official mini-donk enabler

                            "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl

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                              #15
                              Thanks!! I had unclaimed money as did several of my family members

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                                #16
                                I looked this up years ago and found that I had money there as well as my mother having some money waiting for her. I contacted them through the correct paperwork and found that they wanted me to be able to prove that I was me back in the mid-80s when I was renting a property. Well I can prove that I’m me but I have nothing anymore to prove that I rented that property so they wouldn’t give me the money. Very sad!
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                                  #17
                                  Just looked - I have two! But it can't be much. GE Consumer Credit.....can't remember what that could be? An overpayment on a toaster or something? I'll have to claim it and let you know.

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                                    #18
                                    Mine was $12. But I bet if all COTHers pool our "ClanterFinds" together, we'd have enough for a barn party. With my $12 I'll buy some chips and guac.

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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by S1969 View Post
                                      Just looked - I have two! But it can't be much. GE Consumer Credit.....can't remember what that could be? An overpayment on a toaster or something? I'll have to claim it and let you know.
                                      The website for CA tells you how much it is upfront, so you know whether you should bother with it!

                                      TheJenners Lol yeah I feel the same way, even though logically I know it's silly to get excited over my own money I'm entitled to anyhow. But it's like getting a tax refund, or finding money in a coat or pants you haven't worn in a while; exciting even though it's your own money not much different than what's sitting in your wallet
                                      http://trainingcupid.blogspot.com/

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                                        #20
                                        I have one under my maiden name! I’ll see how it goes

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