Some scammers would have you believe that only they have the “secret” to finding money that the the State of North Carolina might have that belongs to you. The truth is that anyone can check for unclaimed cash and submit a request by mail to the unclaimed property office in Raleigh.
Here is the so-called secret, which requires only a modicum of technical know-how and access to an Internet-connected computer.
Visit North Carolina’s Unclaimed Property Division’s Web site and search for your current and any previously used last names.
If you see an entry with a name and address you have used, you’ll have the opportunity to click a link and print a form to complete, sign and mail. If the amount is greater than $50, you’ll need to have your signature notarized. Think there’s no way you could have money coming that you don’t know about? It’s free and easy to find out for sure.
What exactly is unclaimed property? Wages, bank accounts, utility deposits, insurance policy proceeds, stocks, bonds, and safe deposit box contents that have been abandoned for one to five years may become unclaimed property when the company loses track of the consumer. This might be because of an incorrect address or other wrong or missing information. These funds are required by law to be escheated, or turned over, to the state treasurer for safekeeping. The State of North Carolina constitution requires that interest earnings on the funds go to needy and worthy North Carolina public university and community college students.