How Do You Find Unclaimed Money From the New York State Treasury?


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Find unclaimed money from the New York State Treasury by searching by personal name or company name in the New York State lost money database, according to the State Comptroller's Office of Unclaimed Funds. Peruse the list of results that match your search criteria.

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New York State is holding over $13 billion in unclaimed money as of 2015, reports the Office of Unclaimed Funds. If the first search does not yield results, try searching by last name only and using abbreviations for company or city names. If nothing appears on the online database, but you believe you may have unclaimed funds, contact the Office of Unclaimed Funds with any relevant details by phone, email or post. Once you locate funds that belong to you, make a claim online or by post, giving your name, social security number, and past and current addresses. There is no charge for the search and no time limit on claiming the funds.

Funds are unclaimed because people vacate properties without providing forwarding addresses, do not pick up final pay checks, or forget about savings accounts, security deposits, gift certificates and safety deposit boxes, says the New York Times. The list of people who have not picked up money owed them includes famous celebrities and politicians as well as millions of other people. Banks and other companies that cannot find account holders turn the unclaimed funds over to the State Comptroller within two to five years.

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