I got a letter in the mail that said that I had unclaimed property held by the CA state controller. It was some kind of refund from Apple Inc. It was for $299. I thought to myself, “This could either be legit or a scam… I’ll google it.”
Google has a way of revealing the true nature of these kinds of things. I google phone numbers that call me all the time to see if they are telemarketers and if they are, I block ’em. But I googled. And what I found was pretty amazing.
The CA state controller holds onto unclaimed property (rebates, refunds, interest owed, gift cards unused, etc.) on the behalf of the owner for 7 years. After that, they take the money and use it at the state government level.
So, how do you know if you have money that never made it into your hands?
- Go to your state’s website, here’s a mass list for all 50 states. Here’s the CA site.
- Type in your last name (or business name) and press search.
- Check every city you’ve lived in!
- Each unclaimed property will show up and you can claim it!
I just did that and found 3 different claims, totaling over $400.
I had two claims from APPLE INC. and one from MICROSOFT. I searched some friends and family and found that many of them also have unclaimed property, some in the thousands.
I texted a good friend and told him I saw something for him and he did a little digging, he found a couple of hundred dollars as well.
I searched my Dad’s old business and there was a rebate from COMCAST for him too.
It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s your money… so go get it.