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 Money.com 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:
- Missing Money .com National Database of Unclaimed Property and links to States
- Failed Banks with the FDIC
- Lost Savings Bonds from Treasury Department
- Lost Pension Plans from PBGC
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.
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!