There’s always more to discover with an AARP membership! Check out your member benefits.
by Sid Kirchheimer, From the AARP Bulletin Print Edition, July 1, 2010
At least $33 billion sits in state treasuries and other agencies waiting to be returned to its rightful owners. And you may be among them.
This “unclaimed property” is from some 117 million accounts that are inactive or whose owners or their heirs cannot be located—including money from forgotten bank accounts and insurance policies as well as uncashed paychecks and dividends.
By law, financial institutions and other companies are supposed to try to reunite the owners with their lapsed loot. When they can’t, the money is turned over to the government of the state in which the account owner last resided.
The best way to get any payoff you’re entitled to is to check www.miss ingmoney.com or www.unclaimed.org. If you don’t have a computer, call the state treasurer’s office.
Search every state where you’ve lived, and check maiden names and those of deceased family members. Avoid private services that want upfront fees to search or stake a claim on your behalf.
Sid Kirchheimer writes about consumer and health issues.
Please leave your comment below.
You must be logged in to leave a comment.
Get tips and resources to protect yourself from fraud and see the latest scam alerts in your state.
Members save 15% on in-store purchases of frozen yogurt, treats and apparel.
Exclusive program for members from The Hartford.
AARP members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.
You are leaving AARP.org and going to the website of our trusted provider. The provider’s terms, conditions and policies apply. Please return to AARP.org to learn more about other benefits.
Your email address is now confirmed.
Manage your email preferences and tell us which topics interest you so that we can prioritize the information you receive.
Explore all that AARP has to offer.
In the next 24 hours, you will receive an email to confirm your subscription to receive emails
related to AARP volunteering. Once you confirm that subscription, you will regularly
receive communications related to AARP volunteering. In the meantime, please feel free
to search for ways to make a difference in your community at