Maryland Fair Goers Find $2.52 Million At State Booth

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot announced that nearly 2,000 people found unclaimed money at the fair.

One visitor to the Maryland State Fair discovered an unexpected windfall of $71,516. The Sate of Maryland is very proactive and searches for owners of unclaimed funds by advertising in local newspapers and matching files with state income tax information, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles.

Maryland’s unclaimed property database can be found at comptroller.marylandtaxes.com

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Great Iowa Treasure Hunt fall publication scheduled soon

The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program has returned over $182 million in unclaimed property since 1983.

State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald said, “New names will be published in upcoming weeks that have been added to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt,I encourage everyone to search for their name in the paper. You may also search for your name by visiting greatiowatreasurehunt.com. Checking the paper or visiting us online is well worth the short time it takes.”

$74,478,325 of unclaimed funds was returned to Ohio residents in 2014.

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Record $125 Million Returned By NJ Unclaimed Property

Governor Christie’s administration announced a record $125.1 million was returned to 70,762 claimants in physical year 2014.

The total amount returned to owners recently passed $1 Billion for the program’s history.

The largest claims for 2014 included:

  • $1.3 million received by a Hudson County family
  • $553,000 received by a Passaic County man
  • $424,000 received by an Ocean County man
  • $377,000 received by a Bergen County woman

New Jersey’s online database is here: New Jersey Unclaimed Property

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Unclaimed Property Scam

Delaware warns of misleading Unclaimed Property postcards.

Delaware Unclaimed Property Department says postcards stamped Unclaimed Property Notification are not sent by Delaware or any other state government. The cards are post marked in Denver, Colorado and instruct receivers to call a toll-free number where personal identification information is requested.

You can read Delaware’s news release here: Delaware News Release

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1 In 4 Texans Has Unclaimed Property

According to Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, one in four Texans has unclaimed property from forgotten bank accounts, uncashed checks, security deposits and utility refunds.

Texas currently holds over $3 Billion in property that has not been claimed. In 2013, the state returned more than $180 million to its owners.

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

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Top 10 States Holding Unclaimed Property

10 States Holding Billions Of Dollars In Missing Money!

Back in March, Yahoo Finance published this list of the top 10 states holding the highest values in unpaid unclaimed property claims. This information was based on a 2012 survey and the numbers have increased. New York, for example, is now reporting $13 billion in it’s database. Read the article here: Yahoo Finance
New York: $12 billion
California: $6.1 billion
Texas: $2.2 billion
Pennsylvania: $1.9 billion
Michigan: $1.55 billion
Ohio: $1.53 billion
Illinois: $1.5 billion
Florida: $1.2 billion
North Carolina: $1.14 billion
Virginia: $1.1 billion

 

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Lost South Carolina Utility Co-Op Refunds Not In State Database

South Carolina Electric And Telephone Cooperative Members And Former Members

Since 2011 South Carolina law no longer requires utility cooperatives to report to the state capital credits owed to members and former members of the cooperatives. Instead, the law requires cooperatives to each maintain an online, searchable website listing names of owners of unclaimed capital credits along with instructions on how to claim the missing money.

For a list of these searchable websites go here: Unclaimed SC Utility Capital Credits

To search for older unclaimed utility credits and other SC unclaimed property go here: South Carolina Treasury Office

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AUCTION – Florida Unclaimed Property – August 8th and 9th

Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announces auction in Orlando.

The next Florida Unclaimed Property auction will be held on August 8th and 9th in Orlando. The auction is open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to participate. The auction will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Orlando Airport at 5555 Hazeltine National Dr, Orlando, Florida 32812.

To view the photographs from the catalog Click here. FLTreasureHunt.org

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New York State Has Over $13 billion In Lost Money.

State Comptroller – “We return $1 million a day to those who file claims here.”

The Comptroller’s Office participates in a variety of public events to increase awareness of the vast number of accounts with lost money. Check the schedule here: New York Comptroller Outreach

According to CBS New York, New York holds over 31 million accounts and while the average amount of lost money is less than $100, one account is worth $1.7. You can search New York’s online database of lost money here: New York Lost Money Database

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Nevada Record Number Unclaimed Property Claims

July 9 – State Treasurer Kate Marshall announces record number of claims in June. 

Nevada published its annual list of Unclaimed Property in state newspapers in June resulting in more than 11,000 claims being filed. That’s an increase of more than 4,000 over the previous record number of claims for June. The published list included  312,555 properties worth $47 million. This $47 million is only a fraction of a total value of $650 million currently held by Nevada’s Treasury Office.

According to State Treasurer Marshall, Nevada is currently returning nearly 50% of abandoned property held by the state back to the rightful owners, well above the national average of 33%.

Search the Nevada online database here: Nevada Unclaimed Property Database

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Bank of Canada Holds 1.4 Million Unclaimed Balances

At the end of December 2013,unclaimed balances, worth some $532 million, were on the Bank’s books.

Over 93% of unclaimed balances were under $1,000.00, representing 29% of the total value outstanding. In 2013, the Bank paid out $14 million to account holders. The oldest balance dates back to 1900.

Canada is somewhat behind other nations in handling unclaimed property. The provinces of Quebec and Alberta have progressive unclaimed property laws and British Columbia has a voluntary system.

Search for Bank of Canada’s unclaimed balances in English at: Bank of Canada Unclaimed Database

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Missouri To Begin Returning Lost US Savings Bond Proceeds

Missourians Will Be Able To Claim Some US Savings Bond Proceeds From State

Missouri’s Unclaimed Property holds about 7,100 US saving bonds worth about $1 million. Previously, the proceeds of these bonds remained in the possession of the US Treasury. A new bill will allow the state to begin the process of returning the value of these bonds to state citizens.

You will find Missouri’s Unclaimed Property office here: Missouri Unclaimed Property Website

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Maine State Treasurer Sends Notices Directly To Property Owners

Over 3,000 Maine Residents To Receive Direct Notice Of Unclaimed Property Of $200 Or More.

The office of the State Treasury holds more than $210 million worth of unclaimed property. According to state treasurer Neria Douglass, the average claim paid last year was over $1,000. She added that it is certainly worth it to see if your name is on the list.

The Maine State Treasury Unclaimed Property website is at: Main State Treasurer

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Quebec Online Unclaimed Money Website Difficult To Find

Revenue Quebec Holds Nearly a Third of $1 Billion Dollars In Online Database.

Quebecers can search online for unclaimed money held in their name by the province but the web address is long and may be hard to find. Provincial law requires private businesses to turn over money to Revenue Quebec if owners can’t be found after a three year search period. The province then holds all amounts less than $500 for 10 years before sending it to the province’s Generations Fund. Owners of amounts over $500 may take longer to claim their money.

Here is the link for the Revenue Quebec site: Revenue Quebec

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Nebraska Unclaimed Property Outreach – Begins July 4th

Treasurer Stenberg Announces 2014 Unclaimed Property Outreach Schedule.

On July 4th, Nebraska treasurer Stenberg’s office begins an outreach program at the Seward July 4th celebration. Treasurer Stenberg said. “I encourage Fourth of July visitors to stop by our booth and check to see if the Treasurer’s Office is holding money for them, their family members, or their businesses.” Claiming missing money should be easy and painless at this state sponsored event.

According to the state treasury website, Nebraska holds more than $135 million in unclaimed funds. More than $200,00 is currently held by the state for Seward County residents. The largest of those claims is $10,386 for a Utica man. Statewide, the largest claim in the database is for $437,525 for stock redemption for a business, address unknown!

To check the schedule of events in the unclaimed money outreach campaign, go to the Nebraska State Treasury Website.

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