Every year there’s billions and billions in lost money in each state. This is money from old bank accounts, utility security deposits, stock holdings, and a range of other places where the legitimate owner can’t be contacted for a variety of reasons. Maybe you move or change your name and these funds are reported as lost. Last year, the comptroller’s office in NY alone disbursed $452 million dollars worth of unclaimed funds, so this thing is real.
Links for each state
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
I know it might sound like a scam, but these are government websites and the money is real. You’ll need to verify your identity with your name and social security number when you file a claim.
I checked right now and apparently PayPal owes me some money. PayPal reported it in 2015 with one of my old addresses to go along with it. The reasoning was “AMTS DUE FOR UNDELIVERED GOODS/SERVICES”. The website doesn’t tell me how much the check is for, but it says that they’ll process my claim within 15 business days and fter approving my claim, we’ll mail me a check to my current address. The email confirmation also points out that call center staff can’t provide dollar amounts over the phone or by email.
There’s more than $14 billion of unclaimed funds just in NY, so take the time to look yourself up. This seems to do a national search so give it a try as well, especially if you’ve lived in different states. New Mexico, Washington DC, Puerto Rico and US territories don;t have their own search engine, so just use this link instead.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury also has a Financial Management Service website that provides information about unclaimed federal assets. You can search here.
Please let me know if you find anything and also if you see any broken links, so I can update.