How Can I Find Unclaimed Money Owed to Me?

Posted by Madison on April 17, 2008

Update: Claiming unclaimed money free was a success for us. I found my missing money and got a check in the mail.

Is Missing Money a Scam?

There were some rumors that Missing is a scam. I’m here to tell you that I got my money. After searching for unclaimed money by person name, I found my account and submitted the claim. It took awhile, but I did get my money.

Find Missing Money

Back when I started My Dollar Plan, my husband wasn’t into personal finance. As long as he had enough money to do the things he enjoyed he was set.

Ever since then I have seen him slowly developing an appreciation for learning about money. His latest find: an unclaimed bank account in my maiden name from an old address!

CNN featured How to find your hidden money and cited that “There’s almost $33 billion in unclaimed money from old payroll checks, utility refunds, trust distributions, stocks, banking or checking accounts, certificates of deposit and the contents of safe deposit boxes.”

Where to Look for Your Missing Money

How can you find unclaimed money owed to you? To find your missing money there are four agencies to search at:

Free Money

If your search for claiming unclaimed money free doesn’t turn up anything, you can always explore our updated list of free money offers.

How We Lost The Money

During our last couple moves, I took a new approach to changing our address. I noticed that most places have “address service requested” on their envelopes. It means that they will pay to have a notification sent to them if the mail is forwarded. With 181 accounts, I changed only the critical ones and let the rest fend for themselves. It actually worked pretty well, however, clearly at least one that I was holding for an IPO conversion slipped through the cracks and I ended up on the unclaimed money list.

Action Plan

I submitted a claim for my missing unclaimed money. We’ll have to see what happens next…

Do you have any “lost” money? Try the free unclaimed money search and see what happens!

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Comments to How Can I Find Unclaimed Money Owed to Me?

  1. Awesome! I went to missing and didn’t find anything for myself, but I did find a place that had a couple of my brother’s old paychecks. (he was job hopping for awhile).


  2. Unfortunately? I’ve kept really good track of my money over the years…none missing yet. Still, good to remember as time goes by.

    Mrs. Micah

  3. The funny thing is that I didn’t know it was “missing”… I thought it was still in the bank!


  4. How much? 🙂


    Four Pillars

  5. I found about $50 from an old employer back in North Carolina. What baffles me is why they didn’t send it to my new address. They sent other mail, but not that last little check.


  6. @ FP: It didn’t say how much, but I opened the account originally with $100. So probably a few bucks interest too.

    @ Ron: Funny how that worked… nice to find $50 though!


  7. I love this post! It only takes a few minutes to look, and when you “find” the money, well, that’s a little more that you have.


  8. Finding unclaimed money is always fun. While looking for unclaimed money I also check to see if there are unclaimed funds due to a friend or relative. They’re always excited to hear you found some of their money – lol. 🙂


  9. Yep, my boyfriend recently found a couple grand in stocks that were purchased in his name when he born. He accidentally found the unclaimed funds listing at the state treasury when he googled his name 🙂

    Amanda @ Me vs Debt

  10. @ Tammara: Your friends and family are lucky to have you looking for them!

    @ Amanda: A couple grand? What an incredible find!


  11. hi I bought 20,000 shares of penny stocks in a production company around 1989. then the stocks split so I had 40,000 shares. I do not remember the name of the company. Is there a way I can find these stocks with my name.

    guenell morrow

  12. Good day I wonder if you could help me more or less than a year back somebody called me and said that I have unclaimed pension benefits they said they will fax me a claimform but I havent received it at all and never took a name or telephone number


  13. does calif state law mandate that any one who is working in the state of calif is intitled to make minuem wage

    casey l ford

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