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Free Money? Actually, It's Yours

You just have to claim it.

The N.C. Treasurer's office says they have $500 million in their unclaimed cash program.  $500 million!  The money ends up with the state when people don't claim payroll checks, utility deposits, insurance policy proceeds, and so on. 

It's pretty easy to check to see if any of that $500 million is yours.  The state has a website called <a href=http://www.nccash.com> www.nccash.com. </a>  All you have to do is type in your name.

Naturally, I was curious about myself.

Within seconds, I learned there is no unclaimed cash out there for me in North Carolina right now.  I've lived in two other states though.  So I clicked on the link at the bottom of the North Carolina Treasurer's Office website, called <a href=http://www.missingmoney.com> www.missingmoney.com. </a>  There, I could search my name for all of the participating states.  Missouri turned up two results for Heather King, but neither of them were me.  I found out that missingmoney.com does not include Illinois, but they do send me to the official Illinois Treasurer's page where I could search their database.  Still, no money for me. 

However, Kenneth Wilkins from the N.C. Treasurer's Department encourages people to check nccash.com "early and often," because they are always getting more money into the fund that belongs to someone. 

Be sure when you go searching for unclaimed money for yourself, you use the sites mentioned in this blog.  There are several websites that will charge you a fee to look for your free money.  The sites I mentioned above work with the official state treasurer's offices, and there is no fee to search for your money.  Why pay money to get money that's owed to you, or worse, to search for money that's not there?

Alas, there was no unclaimed cash for me this time, but I will check back.  I hope you have better success than me.  Happy hunting!

 

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