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Do you have unclaimed money?

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Michelle Blog PhotoYou might be surprised at how common it is for people to lose track of money that is owed to them. Why not take some time to see if there are any forgotten funds in your name? The internet has made it much easier to do so. Below are common situations in which money is unclaimed and resources to help you track it down.

Be sure to check every state you've lived in and every name you've lived under.

Forgotten security deposits, overtime checks, insurance refunds, or abandoned safe deposit boxes
National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA)   

Unclaimed savings bonds
... or read more about it on my blog post, "On the hunt for lost savings bonds?"  

Keep track of your Federal IRS refund
"Where's My Refund"  

Lost life insurance policies
Insurance Information Institute 
If you suspect you're a beneficiary of a lost insurance policy, there are a number of strategies on this site that might help in your search.

If you didn't collect your money when a bank or credit union went under
• Failed bank accounts - Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)  
• Failed credit union accounts - National Credit Union Association (NCUA)  

Missing retirement money
• Misplaced private pensions - Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) 
• Reuniting retirement money with its rightful owner - Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)
• Lost 401(k) - National Registry of Unclaimed Retirement Benefits  

Michelle Slawny, CFP®

Source: ABC News