UNCLAIMED MONEY COMES FROM THINGS LIKE:
Final paychecks you forgot to pick up.
Tax refunds that didn’t make it to you.
And also accounts left behind by loved ones WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY.
IF THEY CAN’T LOCATE YOU, BANKS AND OTHER FINANCIAL FIRMS ARE REQUIRED TO TURN THIS MONEY OVER TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR SAFE-KEEPING.
YOU CAN DO A BASIC SEARCH FOR UNCLAIMED MONEY IN ABOUT 5 MINUTES. IT’S FREE AND EASY AND YET HARDLY ANYBODY EVER DOES IT! SO I DECIDED TO SEARCH FOR THE 497 FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN MY CONTACTS LIST. AND GUESS WHAT? 75 OF THEM HAD UNCLAIMED MONEY WAITING! SO, I’M ALL EXCITED AND I START EMAILING PEOPLE TO TELL THEM THE GOOD NEWS! I’M READY TO BE THE HERO, GET TAKEN OUT TO DINNER…
AND THEN A FUNNY THING HAPPENED: THEY THOUGHT IT WAS A SCAM! EVEN THOUGH I HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT UNCLAIMED MONEY FOR THE WASHINGTON POST AND HELPED RETURN NEARLY 2-MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF UNCLAIMED MONEY ON THE AIR AT GOOD MORNING AMERICA, ALL MY FRIENDS THOUGHT IT WAS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!
SPENCER HATHAWAY, ELISABETH’S NEIGHBOR:
SPENCER HATHAWAY LIVES DOWN THE STREET FROM ME IN WASHINGTON, DC, BUT HE’S ORIGINALLY FROM CALIFORNIA AND STILL HAS THAT WEST COAST ATTITUDE.
“I’m just way open, you know?”
SO SPENCER TYPED HIS NAME AND STATE OF RESIDENCE INTO MISSINGMONEY.COM, THE FREE WEBSITE I RECOMMENDED —AND SURE ENOUGH— THERE WERE TWO LISTINGS FOR HIM IN WASHINGTON, DC.
“Was it hard to claim the money?
It wasn’t that difficult. I just had to do a little bit of paperwork and copy, you know photocopy some documents and try to find something proving that I lived at this address.”
“Soon enough you had a check?”
“It took a little more than a month. I was pleasantly surprised, for the “District of Confusion!”
“Ha! That’s our nickname for our government here in Washington, DC.”
“So, from DC how much did you get back total?
I got a whopping $639 dollars back from DC in unclaimed property I would have known nothing about had you not made me aware of this program.”
BUT WHAT I DIDN’T KNOW IS THAT MY D.C. NEIGHBOR, BY WAY OF CALIFORNIA, WAS BORN IN YET ANOTHER STATE.
“Part of the fun of this is that you go back and revisit parts of your life that you don’t think about. I was actually born in Des Moines, Iowa. My parents took out a life insurance policy for me on my birth. ”
MISSINGMONEY.COM SEARCHES 40 DIFFERENT STATES AT ONCE, SO WHEN SPENCER TYPED IN DC, UP POPPED IOWA.
“And so I applied for it, relatively painless, once they had the birth certificate, and I received $511.92! which was probably more than the policy!”
THE OTHER 10 STATES DON’T PARTICIPATE WITH MISSINGMONEY.COM, INCLUDING …CALIFORNIA.
“Let’s talk about California!”
“You had money in California too?”
SPENCER SEARCHED CALIFORNIA SEPARATELY. WE’LL TELL YOU HOW TO DO THAT IN OUR NEXT EPISODE.
SO, HOW MUCH UNCLAIMED MONEY DID HE RECEIVE FROM ALL 3 STATES?
SO WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?
• AT LEAST 1 IN 10 PEOPLE HAS UNCLAIMED MONEY WAITING.
YOU CAN GO TO A SINGLE WEBSITE, MISSINGMONEY.COM, AND SEARCH 40 STATES AT ONCE.
AND ALL YOU NEED IN ORDER TO SEARCH IS YOUR NAME AND STATE OF RESIDENCE.
THAT WEBSITE, AGAIN, THAT SEARCHES 40 STATES AT ONCE IS: MISSINGMONEY.COM.
BE SURE TO SEARCH ALL VERSIONS OF YOUR NAME, INCLUDING: -COMMON MISSPELLINGS
-FIRST INITIAL WITH LAST NAME.
-FIRST NAME AND LAST NAME REVERSED.