When a relative sent me a link to the office of the NY State Comptroller to see if I had unclaimed funds somewhere, I was shocked to see…I do! It’s totally legit, and as easy as filling out a quick form verifying your identity and social security number, then waiting about 2 weeks for a check to process.
Yay free money!
Don’t use the shady services you see advertised on TV for unclaimed funds — turns out every state has a Comptroller office dedicated to this very service, even if their own sites look a little…dated.
Don’t worry, they’re all real.
From there, click your state, enter your name, and just follow the instructions to see if T-Mobile owes you a small deposit back from 2013, or you might even be missing an unclaimed paycheck or tax refund.
Whoa — nearly 1.4 mm CT residents have some money coming to them!
Some sites make it a little easier than other; New York is literally a few clicks and you’re done. (Just know the site only functioned for me on Safari, not Chrome.)
Also, I caught a few dead links, like Connecticut; in which case just use Google, which brings you to the Connecticut unclaimed funds site from the Office of the State Treasurer.
Important tip: Be sure to double check the legitimacy of any site that wasn’t linked directly from the .gov site, especially because you’ll be inputting your personal info.
Just a quick check to make sure the site you’re on has a .gov extension — or click back to your state site’s home page and click the Unclaimed Money/Property links directly there.
With Tax Day coming up (eep) seems like a perfect time to see if maybe you have a few unexpected dollars — or more — coming your way.
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