How To Find Missing Money

How To Find Missing Money

Do you think that you might have unclaimed money somewhere? No, I’m not talking about money that’s lost down in your couch cushions or out in your car. I’m talking about lost or unclaimed property (think utility deposits or old bank accounts or safe deposit boxes), pensions, and savings bonds. Perhaps there is unclaimed money out there from your parents or other relatives, just waiting for you to find it. You don’t know until you check it out, and here’s how.

When it comes to finding lost money, you can’t get much better than MissingMoney.com. This website allows you to search the official database of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) as well as your individual state unclaimed property databases. Don’t forget to check other states where you have lived in the past, as well as your maiden name.

If you’re looking for that old pension account that you forgot about, or perhaps you remember that you should be getting one from a previous job, then you’ll want to check out the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, which offers a search database that covers defunct company pension plans. If the company you’re looking for is still in business, then you should contact their HR department directly.

Finally, there is one more investment that commonly gets misplaced, simply because of the duration from purchase to maturity: savings bonds. If you’ve lost track of your savings bonds, rest assured, you’re not alone. If you know the social security number on the bonds or the date of issue, you can visit the Treasury Direct Service to see about getting your bonds reissued or replaced.