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Old 10-12-2015, 09:21 AM
 
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It's really easy to check on this website to see if you have unclaimed money. I know it sort of sounds like a scam, but it isn't! I got $30 last year from just checking to see if my name was there, following instructions, and then having them mail me a check.

The reason I thought of it was there was a story yesterday about a woman who did not know her father had left her $85,000 when he died (they were not in touch). The money ended up in unclaimed funds when I guess some initial attempts to find her didn't work out.

Usually it's not this much money, of course. I think it's usually things like insurance reimbursements and utility bills. You can tell it's not a scam because it's a state.ny.us website (only allowed for govt).

Office of the New York State Comptroller - Unclaimed Funds
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Old 10-12-2015, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Confines of the 101 Precinct
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I had $87 some years ago. I also found $800 for my MIL.
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Old 10-12-2015, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY born & raised!
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Thanks for the link, it looks like my brother has some stuff.
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Old 10-14-2015, 11:42 AM
 
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YES Always check you never know
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Old 10-14-2015, 12:29 PM
 
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Haven't checked one of these in a while. None for me, but my cousin and aunt are listed.
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Old 10-14-2015, 12:51 PM
 
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If you do a google search of your name sometimes it comes up. I see something when I do it for a job I had maybe 20 years ago but to be honest I don't understand the process or if it really means I have unclaimed money.
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Old 10-14-2015, 08:33 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Nope. Not me
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Old 10-14-2015, 08:43 PM
 
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If you do a google search of your name sometimes it comes up. I see something when I do it for a job I had maybe 20 years ago but to be honest I don't understand the process or if it really means I have unclaimed money.
#1 You should only trust a government website like the link I provided.

I can only imagine the money-making websites that are trying to hook you in by saying you have "unclaimed money". It really does sound like a scam. I actually found some unclaimed money for my friend on the legit gov website and then sent her an email that said in the subject: "Found you some money!" which she then proceeded not to open, and called me instead because she thought my account had been hacked.

The process seems to be that sometimes people move when they are owed a little bit of money. Maybe you paid for a year's worth of rental insurance upfront but moved out 9 months later. The company owes you 3 months of insurance, but maybe they don't send the refund check til after you moved out and for some reason the forwarding address you put in with the PO doesn't work so it gets returned to them.

But they still do owe you the money -- they can't just keep it. So it goes on this unclaimed money website for you to claim whenever someone on CD tells you to check the site!

For me it was a very easy process to claim the money but I can't remember exactly what it entailed.
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Old 10-14-2015, 08:45 PM
 
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I had $29 a few years ago but nothing now.

Last time I found something for my grandma---it was $2. Ha.

I did just find something for my deceased FIL.
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Old 10-14-2015, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Glendale NY
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My name was there. It was from a job I left 5 years ago.
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