There are plenty of places to do a free unclaimed money search, starting with the unclaimed funds page on this site. There you can click on any of the states links to get more information.
NAUPA stands for the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators. It is a non-profit organization affiliated with the National Association of State Treasurers and the Council of State Governments.
MissingMoney, a Web site officially endorsed NAUPA contains the official collective records from most state unclaimed money programs. NAUPA will link you to every state unclaimed money web site where you can search.
Both sites let you do your own free unclaimed money search.
There is absolutely no reason to pay anyone or any website a fee when you can do your own free unclaimed money search.
Most of these pay sites are just using lists that they get from the states anyway. The best thing to do is call any state that you may have lived or worked in yourself. You can find the states contact information using the map on the home page.
If you are still unsure about contacting the state, or just don’t have the time, you can enlist the services of an unclaimed money finder.
For a small fee, an unclaimed money finder can investigate for you and help you with the paperwork that you need. Most likely, it will be prepared for you and you will just need to sign some forms.
Do not pay an unclaimed money finder an upfront fee.. Any legitimate finder will do a search for unclaimed money and then charge a commission, after you are paid. Click here if you are interested in becoming an Unclaimed Money Finder yourself.
Other Sources For a Free Unclaimed Money Search Include:
Undeliverable U.S. Federal Tax refund checks
The Internal Revenue Service may have an undeliverable refund check that belongs to you.
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. has a searchable database to determine whether you are owed any pension benefits if your pension plan no longer exists because it was closed or was taken over by the pension agency. You also can track down the benefits if you are a survivor of the person who should be drawing the pension. This site will tell you what to do if you believe you are owed money but aren’t found in the agency’s database.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
A resource website to search for any unclaimed insured deposits for financial institutions that were closed by a regulatory agency between Jan. 1, 1989 and June 28, 1993.
U.S. Federal Investments
The official source of information on U.S. Savings Bonds. Check this website for any Savings Bonds you may have forgotten about.
Missing U.S. Federal Savings Bonds
What to do if your U.S. Savings Bonds have been lost, stolen or destroyed.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
If you had a HUD/FHA insured mortgage, you may have a refund on part of your insurance premium or a share of the earnings.
Veterans Administration Benefits
Search for unclaimed veterans benefits owed to you by the federal government.
U.S. Railroad Retirement Board
Search for unclaimed railroad retirement benefits
Swiss Bankers Association
Victims of the Holocaust or their heirs can make claims to assets deposited in Swiss Banks during World War II.
Frozen Swiss Accounts Database Search Form
This website provides a notice of claim procedures for locating Swiss, Swedish, French,
and British bank and insurance accounts.
Holocaust Claims Processing Office of the New York State Banking Department. This office attempts to recover assets deposited in European banks, monies never paid in connection with insurance policies issued by European insurers and lost or looted art for victims of the Holocaust.
Bank of Canada
Search for unclaimed bank accounts held by The Bank of Canada.
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Search for unclaimed money and unclaimed property held by The Australian Commonwealth Government.
France Unclaimed Monies
Search for unclaimed monies held by banks in France. Information is available in French only.
New Zealand Unclaimed Monies
Search for unclaimed monies held by the Inland Revenue Department in New Zealand.
Swiss Bankers Association
Search for dormant accounts in Switzerland