How can you search for unclaimed property online?


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There are few ways to search online for unclaimed property, such as visiting the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the MissingMoney.com website. The different types of unclaimed property can include escrow accounts, insurance policies, old bank accounts and trust funds, as noted by MissingMoney.com.

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Unclaimed property refers to accounts that appear to be abandoned because there is no activity on them for more than a year. Institutions that have these accounts are required to turn them over to the state until the person or heir claims it. Because there is no one government site for searching for unclaimed properties by criteria, such as Social Security, name or state, a good resource can be the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) website.

NAUPA is an affiliate of the National Association of State Treasurers. By selecting a site on the map at the NAUPA website, searchers can find unclaimed property in all of the U.S. states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and regions of Canada.

At the MissingMoney.com site, visitors can search for missing property by entering in the search fields provided their names and state where they presently reside in or lived in the past. This website is endorsed by NAUPA, as noted by MissingMoney.com. Similarly, to find unclaimed property from sources, such as unclaimed insured deposits from failed financial institutions, searchers can go to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation website, which has a database for these types of funds.

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