It seems like everywhere you go someone is trying to tell you that there is a way to get free money. It is unfortunate that a majority of the time that is not the case. Many people try to tell others that they have money waiting for them and after paying high fees there is no money to be found. Despite these scams, there actually is a way to find money that is yours with absolutely no fees. This is by claiming unclaimed money. Unclaimed money is money that could have been left behind or forgotten that is sitting in an account waiting for its rightful owner to claim it. Finding out if you have unclaimed money is quite easy. Claiming it can be easy as well. You just need to ensure that you avoid the many scams that are out there.
You can find unclaimed money at the websites Unclaimed.org and MissingMoney.com. Unclaimed money can come from a variety of places. You may have left a utility deposit at an old apartment and forgot to collect it. Or possibly have a check that you didn't cash. It is completely free to check and see if you have unclaimed money for any reason. You can look it up with your name and the state you may have unclaimed funds in.
Once you find out if you have unclaimed funds you can claim them online. This process is a little bit more complicated than finding your unclaimed money. The first thing you will need to do is file a claim with the state where your funds are located. You will need some personal information to prove your identity. Information may include a Social Security number and possibly a driver’s license for identification. You can usually do all of this online. If there are any problems or you have any questions you can call or go to the appropriate office to claim your money. Your unclaimed money should be to you within three weeks.
Getting unclaimed money can make for a great unexpected payday. You just have to avoid the scams that are out there. There are a lot of ways to tell if you are being scammed into thinking you have unclaimed money waiting for you. If you get an e-mail saying that there are thousands of dollars waiting for you to claim, it is most likely a scam. The only way an organization will contact you about unclaimed funds is through actual mail. In most cases you will have to look online to find the money yourself.
Another sign that you could be getting scammed is if someone tries to charge you for finding your unclaimed money. Some places charge a minimal fee to get your money, but you are able to search for this money yourself for free online. There should never be a charge to find your money.
If someone claims to be from the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators there is probably a scam happening. The NAUPA is actually an organization that unclaimed property administrators belong to. They do not deal with the process of getting you your unclaimed funds back.
With about 33 billion dollars in unclaimed money in the United States sitting in banks ready to be claimed, it may be worth your time to check and see if some of that money may be yours. Make sure that whichever organization you are working with is legitimate in its goals to help reunite with your money. Finding and claiming your money is easy as long as you take the steps to ensure that you are not getting scammed.