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Unclaimed Property.

1.31.2010

I received a letter from a "private investigator" saying that, for a mere 20%, they could recover a pile of money that was being held for me. Phf! They wanted to keep one fifth of my money? I think not. I was pretty sure I could find this money and recover it myself. (The husband performed a similar bit of fiscal conjuring about 5 years ago via some government website.) And I was right.

Oregon and Washington state (and many others, I'm sure), hold money in trust from refunds, lost payments and the like. There are websites where you can search for your property and get the paperwork to re-claim it:

I found several claims available for some family and friends. Take a look for yourself. Don't spend it all in one place.

Katie Katie

For other states, use http://www.unclaimed.org to look up similar services.

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