Is there money out there in Illinois that belongs to you? Here’s how to claim it

The Illinois Treasurer’s office is now offering two new processes for people to obtain their unclaimed property.

Through the eClaim process, people may upload necessary claim information in an electronic format on the Treasurer’s Office website,, where it is uploaded in real-time and transferred to a database, in order to save processing time.

Another process, the Fast Track process, allows quick approval and payment for simple, lower dollar amount claims. The automated review process compares the information submitted by the claimant to the information reported on the property, which could include Social Security numbers, past and current addresses, and past and current names, the treasurer’s office said.

“We are excited to let the public know that claiming cash and property that belongs to them will be a much simpler, faster process,” State Treasurer Michael Frerichs said in a news release. “Our process always is free, safe and secure. And after listening to feedback from the public, it is now also quicker.”

“We have more than $2.9 billion in unclaimed property to return to Illinois residents, and we hope the new changes to the claims process will encourage more people to visit to claim what’s theirs,” Frerichs said.

The Illinois treasurer’s office is the state custodian of unclaimed property including lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, and forgotten safe deposit boxes, after private entities have tried for at least five years to locate the owners.

Claims that involve estates, heirs or deceased relatives often are more complex and likely would not be eligible for eClaim or Fast Track, the treasurer’s office said.


$10M returned to Kansans during Kan. Treasurer’s tour

TOPEKA – Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner completed his tour of all 105 counties to promote many of the initiatives and services administered by the Treasurer’s Office. LaTurner kicked off the tour in his hometown of Galena and ended it in Wichita, all in less than 5 months. The Treasurer and his staff provided free unclaimed property searches for Kansans in their home counties.

“We had some great stories throughout the tour,” LaTurner said. “We returned $24,000 to a hospital in South Central Kansas, and $9,000 to an assisted living facility in Southwest Kansas along with 45,000 other claims throughout the state. Every dollar we return to the people of Kansas is a dollar that goes back into their local communities.”

Since July 1 of this year, the Treasurer’s Office has returned over $10.1 million to Kansans, and Treasurer LaTurner and his staff are returning unclaimed property at a record pace.

“Not only did we return over $10 million dollars, but we’ve had over 1.1 million Kansans’ names searched online,” continued LaTurner. “The average return has been $240 and that means something to the LaTurner household, just like it does to most Kansas families.“

For more information on the Kansas State Treasurer’s Office or unclaimed property, please visit, or call 785-296-3171.


New Illinois system makes claiming cash, property easier

The Illinois treasurer’s office announced two new ways to claim cash and property — “eClaim” and “Fast Track.”

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs is the custodian of unclaimed property including lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, and forgotten safe deposit boxes. Items are surrendered after private entities tried for at least five years to locate the owners.

To view unclaimed items, visit:

E-Claiming allows the public to upload necessary claim information in an electronic format on the Treasurer’s Office website, which is safe and secure. Once the documentation is uploaded in real-time, it is transferred to a database, saving the public weeks of processing time.

Fast Track allows quick approval and payment for simple, lower dollar amount claims. The automated review process compares the information submitted by the claimant to the information reported on the property, which could include social security numbers, past and current addresses, and past and current names.

The treasurer’s office never charges to search for, or return, unclaimed property.


It’s no hoax — the state of Washington may be holding money for you

At first glance, you might think it’s a fake website.

But Washington state’s Department of Revenue unclaimed property site — — is 100 percent legitimate, and can be used to help residents find money that was supposed to be theirs, but somehow never made it to them.

Ming Ming Su-Brown, an Enumclaw resident, was recently archiving financial documents when she came across an un-cashed check.

Problem was, the check was 10 years old.

“I called my insurance company and they indicated that after all this time any money that was due me would have been turned over to the state,” Su-Brown said.

Her insurance agent directed her to the DOR’s website, and they started to search whether the state was holding any money for Su-Brown.

“As my name is unusual, there are different ways that people have erroneously spelled my name, so we were trying all sorts of variations,” Su-Brown said. “I found nothing, but she kept looking. While I was on hold with her, I decided to look up the names of some of my friends and found some unclaimed property for a few of them.”

She tried to direct her friends to the website, but was met with — maybe understandably — some suspicion.

“I found that people were very skeptical and thought that perhaps my Facebook profile had been hacked and someone was posting on my page or that my phone had gotten hacked and was sending messages to them from someone who was trying to engage in fraudulent activity,” she continued. “After actually speaking to my friends on the phone or conversation over text message, my friends then went to the site and started claiming their money.”

Once her friends were convinced the site was run by the state, the word started to spread around her social circle. Su-Brown said her friend’s husband searched the name of one of his friend’s husband on the site, and found the state was holding close to $2,300 for them — “almost the exact amount for a medical bill they had just received,” Su-Brown said.

It’s not uncommon for people to mistrust the idea that the state is holding onto their forgotten money, said Anna Gill, DOR communications manager.

“When I started working here, of course, I started looking up my family members, and my sister had over $100 out there, so I took a snapshot and sent it to her, and her first response to me was, ‘Did you just get spammed?’” Gill said.

But the money is there, though how much may be owed to you widely varies, said Unclaimed Property Operations Manager Tom Garden.

“It ranges from pennies due to dividends or interest someone’s never cashed or a mutual fund to thousand of dollars,” Garden said. Garden said the process starts by businesses or banks attempting to contact a person about their money before it gets remitted to the state — unclaimed paychecks are reported every year, but things like bank accounts and traveler’s checks can take longer.

Once the DOR has the remitted funds, they also try to contact the rightful owner, but if they’re unsuccessful, they’ll hold the money indefinitely.

For DOR’s last full fiscal year (July 2016 to June 2017), the Unclaimed Property division collected more than $127 million in unclaimed property, but only $69 million found its way back to its rightful owners, leaving more than $58 million left with the department.

But that’s only what the department has in intangible property.

“It’s not always money,” said Gill. “Sometimes it’s valuable items — we’ve had in the past things like gold coins, or baseball cards that have value. We even had a sketchbook that was allegedly Pablo Picasso’s sketchbook.”

Unlike intangible funds, the DOR can only hold onto safety deposit box items up to five years before the department is required to hold an auction for the items.

“The last UCP auction was in November 2014,” Gill said. “We plan to arrange one in 2018, but have not yet set a date. We try to conduct one every other year.”



Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt reportedly made history by returning more Unclaimed Property in his first year than any previous treasurer in the state’s history.

According to a news release, Treasurer Schmitt recently announced he returned $45 million in Unclaimed Property during his first year, surpassing the previous record of $29 million.

Schmitt said “This money belongs to the people of Missouri, so my goal is to get it back in the hands of its rightful owners as quickly as possible.”

State law requires financial institutions, insurance companies, public agencies and other business entities to turn over assets to the Treasurer’s offices that belong to a customer, client, employee or other owner if there have been no documented transactions or contact with the owner after a period of five years.

Most Unclaimed Property consists of cash from bank accounts, stocks, bonds and contents of safe- deposit boxes that have been abandoned. It also can include uncollected insurance policy proceeds, government refunds, utility deposits and wages from past jobs.

Reportedly, one, out of ten Missourians, has Unclaimed Property, with the average return estimated at $300.

Unclaimed Property can be searched for and claimed online by visiting


Are you owed money? Ohio’s unclaimed fund hits $2.6 billion

The state’s unclaimed funds account holds $2.6 billion waiting to be returned to rightful owners, according to the Ohio Department of Commerce. Uncashed paychecks, abandoned rent or utility deposits, items left in safety deposit boxes, undelivered stock certificates and other money ends up in the hands of the state for safe keeping.

Ohioans may check for unclaimed funds online at or call 877-644-6823.

Last fiscal year, the state returned $96.4 million, up 18 percent over the $81.4 million returned in fiscal year 2016 and about 27 percent above the $76 million returned in fiscal year 2015. The state paid money out to more than 60,000 claimants and the average was $1,598.


Does Iowa Owe You Money? Go On A Treasury Hunt

The unclaimed property can be anything from forgotten savings or checking accounts to uncashed payroll checks, insurance or estate payouts, or refunds on utility deposits. One of the biggest infusions this year to the treasury was from the City of Des Moines, which turned over $11 million owed to 60,000 former and current residents of the capital city that were entitled to refunds of illegally charged franchise fees.

While the state has $316 million now — and 6.7 million stock shares owed to Iowans — the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt has returned more than $237.6 million and 3.1 million stock shares to 562,000 people since it was created in 1983.

It’s worth taking a look. After all, in 2015 an estate in Storm Lake that wasn’t aware it was due anything claimed the largest amount ever when the state returned $2.3 million.

Iowa is doing well as far as returning money, compared to some states that have billions — yes, with a B — in their coffers. New York is guarding a staggering $15 billion in money that its residents haven’t claimed, Texas holds $4 billion, Illinois is sitting on $2.9 billion, Massachusetts is hording $2.4 billion, and Florida’s stash is just more than $1 billion. North Carolina, on the lower end of the scale, still has double the pot of Iowa with $659 million.

Want to check whether you’re on the list of people owed money? Simply go to to search for your name and don’t forget to check for relatives. You could have a nice surprise waiting.


These 75 southern Idahoans have unclaimed property worth more than $100

Elma Glenn of Buhl and Timothy L Harms of Rupert have unclaimed property. It’s money in some form, and the state wants to give it back.

The Idaho Treasurer’s Office provided this sampling of 75 people with unclaimed property valued at more than $100 whose last known addresses are in southern Idaho. To check for your name, visit or call 877-388-2942 or 208-332-2942.


Jane Judge
Susan Orison
Lorena Rangel


Elma Glenn
Floyd Haney
Robert Watt
Faye E Whitmore


Laurie S Brase
Rodney J Brase
Estate of Jeppesen Phyllis
Cooper Jason
Brock E Page
Richardo Rangel
Jesse Seiber
Charlie Valdez


Tori Alvarez


Larry Gauger
Harvey C Iverson
Gabriel Jimenz
Ruby E Royse


Corinne Bise
Anton A Bodner
Dan Griffis
Steven R Lawley


Jeanne Jensen


Nancy Bartlett
Cheryl J Davis
James W Davis
David A Fansler
Shane Griner
Dayze Hayzey
Jerry B Knudson
Harry Kreefer
Chris Stevenson
Peter Strouse
Diana L Suter


Stephen K Boone
Marybeth Flower
Lopez Guadalupe
Annette Korobkin
Dana Vallely
Veltex Market
Chris Ziebarth


Leona F Courtright
Timothy L Harms
Dansie Makayla
Park View Furn & Appl Inc
Shirley L Southwick
Barbara K Whittle


Jeremy L Stueve


Fernetta M Adam
Bradley S Brann
Marie E Jt Burnett
Kobe Coronado
Schana W Gearing
Haylee Gladeau
Craig D Holman
Jeff Humphrey
Oren B Hutton
Vada Juker
Elizabeth Kerlin
Julie A Mahler
Kevin R Mahler
Hernan Vincente Martinez
Patricia Mcboyle
Beverley W Jt Mcclellan
Shirley A Mcsweeney
Medical Office Pharmacy
Ellie Miller
Charlotte P Moore
Donald L Moore
Sean Morales
Eric R Nelson
Ida M Nielsen


South Dakota state treasurer contacting unclaimed property owners

PIERRE, SD – Be on the look out for a letter from the South Dakota state treasurer. It could be your ticket to unclaimed money.

State Treasurer Rich Sattgast’s office says the Unclaimed Property Division will be sending letters to the potential owners of money and securities recently received by the office.

The letters will be delivered in official envelopes from the state treasurer.

Treasurer Sattgast encourages everyone who receives a letter to view the full information by searching the unclaimed property database.

A claim can be filed using the search and claim feature on the South Dakota State Treasurer’s website. You can also also contact the Unclaimed Property Division by email at [email protected] or by phone at 605-773-3379.


Over $585 million in unclaimed property waiting to be claimed in Oklahoma

If someone told you that that there may be free money waiting for you in a vault somewhere, I hope alarm bells would start ringing. They certainly did for me when I discovered the unclaimed property fund.

We live in a scam-ridden society and by this point most folks are aware that anything that sounds too good to be true probably is.

Nigerian prince wants to send you money?


You’ve won a foreign lottery you didn’t enter?


Want to become a mystery shopper and make big bucks?


Advance to “Go” and collect $200?

OK. That last one’s a chance card in Monopoly, but the others are very real scams that have taken many folks for a ride.

All of this is to say that scams are so plentiful, that it’s only natural that we develop a healthy dose of skepticism. But, the state of Oklahoma’s unclaimed property fund is not a scam.

When I discovered the state’s unclaimed property fund I searched for evidence that it was another bogus attempt to fleece the foolish, but after reading an article in The New York Times trumpeting its legitimacy I reached out to the State Treasurer’s office and confirmed that I had in fact found the internet unicorn that is free money.

The unclaimed property fund is a state-by-state repository of unclaimed property that includes everything from deposits and inactive bank accounts to mineral rights, life insurance payments and inheritance.

When someone relocates or there is a break in the communication chain entities are left with money that doesn’t belong to them. They often will try to track down who it belongs to, but they’re not obligated to track you to the ends of the Earth.

So, they often end up turning it over to the state for safe keeping.

According to the state treasurer’s office, over 1 million Oklahomans have unclaimed money waiting for them. How much money? Over $585 million.

According to an article published earlier this year in The New York Times, there is an estimated $43 billion in unclaimed property nationally.

Even with billions of dollars floating in the ether, Tim Allen, Deputy Treasurer for Communications & Program Administration, said it can be hard to convince people that it’s real.

“It seems kind of crazy that there would be an actual state government program that really all we does is give back money to people who have lost track of it,” Allen said. “It doesn’t seem like that’s something the government would typically do, but that’s truly what we do.”

Allen said businesses that lose track have to, by law, turn that money over to the state along with the name and last known address of the people who it belongs to.

“We go about trying to help people get reunited with their money. That’s why we have a website,, where folks can search for their name, that’s why we publish the latest list of names four times a year. That’s why we run ads on Facebook and Twitter and on television to make folks aware that we have this stuff so we can get their money returned to them.”

The Oklahoma unclaimed property program began in 1967 as a division of the Oklahoma Tax Commission. In 2000, it was transferred to the state treasurer’s office.

“When it got here we were able to increase the amount of money returned each year and we’ve been going gangbusters for the last four years,” Allen said.

In Ken Miller’s second year in office as treasurer in fiscal year 2013, Allen said the department returned a record $18.4 million back to Oklahomans. Then, in fiscal year 2014, the department smashed that record.

“Treasurer Miller is an economist and he had an idea,” Allen said. “In the private sector, if you give your employees an incentive they will perform better. So, under his leadership we started an incentive pay program for the unclaimed property division. The first year we started that program we returned more than $30.1 million.”

Allen said it was coupled with an aggressive marketing push that includes commercials, a social media blitz and the creation of a mascot, Sirius Lee Scisortail.

Allen said those efforts are working.

Due to a large number of recent claims, he said the department has added a night shift to help expedite the process.

“It’s all about awareness,” he said. “Some folks still aren’t aware, but we’re trying hard to make them aware.”

Allen said the largest amount the state ever returned to one person was over $1 million. When the treasury department called the retired Tulsa teacher to give her the good news, she didn’t believe it.

“When she was young, her father bought some stock for her and told her to hang onto it because it might be worth some money someday,” Allen said. “At some point along the way she lost the stock certificates.”

Of course, losing the certificates didn’t invalidate the shares, but the woman forgot about them over time and figured that was that.

“We sent two people out to her house, knocked on her door and said ‘please believe us,’” Allen said. “When we brought a check for her she saw the light.”

Allen said it was a life-changing experience for that woman, and delivering good news to Oklahomans is a rewarding experience.

“It’s a very fun job once you get people to believe that we really are here from the government and we really are here to help,” he said.

To see if you may have money waiting for you, Allen suggests Oklahomans visit

Unclaimed property information is also published once a quarter in The Transcript, most recently on Dec. 17.

Allen said claiming the money is usually a simple process and the state treasury is committed to reuniting Oklahomans with their money as fast as possible.

Once ownership is proven and proper paperwork is filed, the state fills applicants in on where the money came from and aims to process claims within 90 days.

“This is a free service,” Allen said. “We don’t charge for this at all. There are places out there that will try to scam you on this thing, but this is not a scam and it is a free service [the state treasury dept.] offers. There is no charge for doing this. They should always go through the state treasurer’s website, You click on the ‘enter here’ button and that takes you to the searchable database.”