[mccookgazette.com] A Few Clouds ~ 85°F  
High: 90°F ~ Low: 60°F
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014

Web makes lost property search easier

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Having trouble paying off that last credit card bill from Christmas? Like to get a start on the savings account for next year's holiday?

You might check with the government.

You may as well; the state or federal government is earning interest on money that is rightfully yours, or holding property that you should enjoy.

Did you forget to collect a security deposit, lose an insurance refund or forget about a savings bond you received as a child? Maybe you moved and didn't receive a tax refund, forgot about a gift certificate or failed to collect a consumer product settlement.

It amounts to billions of dollars around the United States.

State Treasurer Don Stenberg announced Tuesday that his office saw to it that $1.2 million in unclaimed property was returned to rightful owners in January.

He said $560,000 was paid out in cash, $655,000 in stock and safekeeping items -- an unusual amount for one month.

In a news release, he noted that one woman received more than $60,000 in cash as well as items in a safe deposit box valued at more than $232,000. A Colorado man who was born in Nebraska received more than $60,000 in cash, plus safe-deposit items valued at more than $217,000.

But wait -- as a television pitchman might say -- there's more: The treasurer's office says it's holding more than $125 million for more than 350,000 Nebraskans and former Nebraskans.

It that's the case, a search is easy. Go to the State Treasurer's website here and enter your name in the unclaimed property slot.

If the federal government has your property, it will take a little more time.

If you left money in a bank that failed, check here or if it was a credit union, here.

If it's a pension with a failed company, try here or try the Employee Benefits Security Administration here for retirement money.

If you've lost track of a 401(k), try here.

And there are many others, including paid sites that charge to search for unclaimed insurance benefits, but try official, free government sites first.

Yes, it might take a little time, but not nearly as much as it would have in the pre-Internet days.

Who knows, next year's Christmas bills might be paid using money we didn't know we had.


Fact Check
See inaccurate information in this story?


Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration. If you already have an account on this site, enter your username and password below. Otherwise, click here to register.

Username:

Password:  (Forgot your password?)

Your comments:
Please be respectful of others and try to stay on topic.

McCook Gazette
Our opinion