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From Today on NBC
How to find your unclaimed money: Jean Chatzky explains
You've seen those ads saying you're entitled to "unclaimed funds"? Sometimes it's actually true! TODAY financial editor Jean Chatzky explains how to find out whether you're entitled to unclaimed funds you may not even have been aware of, and what to do if you are.

From Inside Edition
Butcher Learns He is Owed $400,000 From Life Insurance Policy He Didn't Even Know Existed

Man Finds Out He Has $266,000 in Family Bank Account He Didn't Even Know Existed

Woman Abandoned By Her Dad Discovers She is Owed $86,000 From His Bank Account After He Dies

Man Discovers He's Owed $97,000 From His Late Mom's Unclaimed Life Insurance Policy

Unclaimed Property Programs
Call-a-thon matched people to $52,000 worth of unclaimed property
Folks in the Ozarks found more than $52,000 worth of unclaimed property on Tuesday night. In a special Contact an Expert segment, staff members from the State Treasurer's Office were at KY3 to help people recover what they'd lost or didn't know they ever had.
(February 24, 2016, KY3)

Insurance companies should have obligation to seek out possible death benefits recipients
As West Virginia lawmakers continue to appear to skirt important topics in lieu of others that seem to cater to a small number of constituents, we're amazed by two bills pending, House Bill 4473 and Senate Bill 599.
(February 25, 2016, The Exponent Telegram)

Missing Money: Maine holding $225 million in unclaimed property
You could be owed thousands of dollars and not even know it. The Office of the Maine State Treasurer is holding on to more than $225 million that belongs to Mainers, according to data provided to the I-Team.
(February 22, 2016, WGME)

Residents reminded of unclaimed property possibilities
The state treasurer is reminding you he might be holding onto some of your money. Treasurer Mike Frerichs say she just helped 200 people claim about $150,000.
(February 22, 2016, Illinois Home Page)

State Treasurer reacts to House Bill 4473, Perdue: 'legislation is irresponsible; takes advantage of widows, children and loved ones'
State Treasurer John D. Perdue adamantly opposed West Virginia House Bill 4473 at a press conference last week, saying the bill would irresponsibly amend State Code as it pertains to insurance policies and citizens' rights under the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act.
(February 23, 2016, The Preston County Journal)

John Perdue: Who should get your money?
Several months ago, it was my privilege to return a $5,000 unclaimed property check to a man from Hinton. Joseph Bigony thanked me. He told me that had it not been for my office's Unclaimed Property Division, he never would have known he was due this money from his sister's estate. His sister died almost 16 years ago.
(February 21, 2016, Gazette-Mail)

Kansas Begins Rush to Claim Treasury Bonds
In January 2014, Kansas became the first state to cash abandoned U.S. Treasury bonds in its possession, starting a gold rush of sorts of state claims to bonds that have been found and some that haven't.
(February 22, 2016, Arkansas Business)

Okla. treasurer's chirping puppet sets out to find owners of unclaimed cash
Using a puppet and a catchy jingle to reunite a million Oklahomans with their money seemed like a bird-brained idea, admits state Treasurer Ken Miller. (February 14, 2016, The Snap Online)

State Treasurer's Office Holding Online Unclaimed Property Auction
Let the bidding begin! The Nevada State Treasurer's Office is holding its very first online auction to get rid of unclaimed property. (February 17, 2016, CBS Las Vegas)

Check if you have any unclaimed assets
Each year, thousands of Mainers misplace or lose track of money or other assets. This may be due to an inactive bank account, unpaid wages or simply because the entity holding the property is unable to contact its rightful owner. (February 19, 2016, Central Maine)

State treasurer's office holds annual auction of unclaimed property online
The state treasurer's office is holding its annual auction of unclaimed property and for the first time it's being conducted online. (February 16, 2016, Las Vegas Review-Journal)

How to find your unclaimed treasures in Florida
Florida is holding more than $1 billion in unclaimed property, and some of it could be yours.
(February 11, 2016, ABC 7)

Treasurer's Office distributes unclaimed property assets to Special Olympics, Girl Scouts
State Treasurer John Perdue presented unclaimed property checks worth $17,000 to both the Girls Scouts of Black Diamond and Special Olympics of West Virginia on Wednesday.
(February 10, 2016, West Virginia Metro News)

$12 million in unclaimed cash for Mainers
It sounds too good to be true, but right now, the state is holding onto millions of dollars and some of it could be yours. (February 8, 2016, WGME)

Ellenboro fire unit receives unclaimed property check
State Treasurer John Perdue presented an unclaimed property check of $2,625 to the Ellenboro Volunteer Fire Department Thursday, which may help the squad replace a chassis on a rescue truck. (February 4, 2016, The News Center)

Does any of this money belong to you? There's $4.5 billion unclaimed in NJ
Your biggest payday could be right around the corner, and you hardly have to move a muscle. According to the Unclaimed Property Administration within New Jersey's Department of the Treasury, there's about $4.5 billion up for grabs. A portion of that dough may have your name on it. (February 2, 2016, NJ 101.5)

State Treasurer Warns Of Suspicious Unclaimed Property Postcards
State Treasurer Rich Sattgast warns South Dakotans to ignore suspicious postcards labeled "Unclaimed Property Notification."
(January 28, 2016, KDLT News)

Don't Waste Your Money: Finding unclaimed funds safely
Who doesn't like free money? Many states are holding more than a billion dollars in their coffers, simply because it is unclaimed.
(January 18, 2016, WTVM)

PA Treasury Returns More Than $136 Million in Unclaimed Property in 2015
The Pennsylvania Treasury reunited thousands of Pennsylvanians with a record $136.3 million in property and money in 2015 bringing the total value of money and items returned since July 1, 2005 to more than $1.1 billion. Additionally, Treasury collected a record $672.7 million in dormant and forgotten property last year, a 126 percent increase over 2014.
(January 20, 2016, Yahoo Finance)

Unclaimed Property Up For Auction Next Week
Next week, thousands of items will be up for sale in the during the next auction for unclaimed property. Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs says the office works hard to reunite unclaimed property found in forgotten safety deposit boxes.
(January 21, 2016, Fox Illinois)

Idaho Receives $13M in Unclaimed Money
Could your new year include more money? The Idaho State Treasurer's Office Unclaimed Property Program has $13,097,468.16 in newly submitted lost or forgotten money for Idahoans to claim.
(January 5, 2016, Magic Valley)

Does the state of Colorado have money for you? How to check the unclaimed property list for free
It sounds like a scam, but it's true -- the state of Colorado may have money for you! The state is holding over $600 million in forgotten funds and assets for residents.
(January 7, 2016, Denver Channel)

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