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Archive for July 25, 2011

Get Your Money Faster from the State Treasury!

We’ve made claiming YOUR money from the State a lot easier recently. You can now bypass several steps in the claims process when it comes to unclaimed property if the amount of your claim is below a certain cash value. It involves inputting personal information into our system via our secure website.

If you go to and click on the “Begin Your Search Here” icon (or just click that link now to be taken there), you will be taken to the Unclaimed Property Database that holds more than 1.2 million properties worth more than $395 million to search. If you find your name and click to make a claim, if the amount you are claiming is under $750, you can input your information, including your Social Security number, into the system and your claim is “fast tracked”. That means if the Social Security number, address or birth-date matches the one we have here on file for you, you get your money much faster than if you print up the paperwork and send it in. The time difference could be 6 weeks or more!

Scanned image of author's US Social Security card.

Image via Wikipedia

We are well aware of concerns with using Social Security Numbers online. Our system is very secure and we will need your SS Number no matter what to process the claim. Many of the assets turned over to the office are given to us with SS Numbers attached. This is how we determine if you are the person who is supposed to be getting the money in the first place! We may already have your SS Number…we just need to confirm it’s you!

Make sure to check the database once a year even if you have lived in the same place for 5, 10, 15 or even 20 years! We get assets from holders all the time with your current address on them from companies you still do business with!