SPRINGFIELD, Mo -

It's Missouri's largest lost and found database.

Unclaimed property is organized by the State Treasurer. All you have to do is plug in your name on the website to find your belongings. However, a simple google search can steer you to the wrong website.

Many third party websites require a fee to search for unclaimed property. People should never pay for unclaimed property.

If you stumble on a phony websites, the State Treasurer wants to hear from you. They hope to work with the Attorney General to shut down these websites.

*News release from State Treasurer


JEFFERSON CITY – State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY-ful) is warning Missourians to be cautious of third party websites offering to help them find Unclaimed Property. Missourians recently saw thousands of names in newspapers across the state of individuals, businesses and nonprofits with Unclaimed Property. These entities should go to Treasurer Zweifel’s website atShowMeMoney.com to begin the claims process completely free of charge. Other websites often charge fees and can put your personal information at risk.

 

“I receive many calls every year from Missourians who have been duped by websites claiming to help them retrieve their Unclaimed Property for a fee,” Treasurer Zweifel said. “Missourians should always check ShowMeMoney.comfirst when looking for Unclaimed Property. I will never charge you to return your property or put your personal information at risk. If you have questions about these websites or need help claiming your Unclaimed Property, please email my office at ucp@treasurer.mo.gov.”

 

Treasurer Zweifel protects more than $822 million in Unclaimed Property for more than 4.8 million account owners. In Fiscal Year 2014, he returned a record $40 million to more than 170,000 Unclaimed Property accounts, all free of charge.

 

“My Unclaimed Property team works every day to return millions of dollars in Unclaimed Property to the rightful owners or their heirs,” Treasurer Zweifel said. “There will never be a situation in which you must go through a third party to obtain the Unclaimed Property I protect.”

 

You may also check for Unclaimed Property outside of Missouri atwww.Unclaimed.org, administered by the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators. It provides links to other states where you can also search free of charge.

 

About Treasurer Zweifel’s Unclaimed Property

State law requires financial institutions, insurance companies, public agencies and other business entities to turn over assets to Treasurer Zweifel that belong to a customer, client, employee or other owner if there have been no documented transactions or contact with the owner after a statutorily-defined period of time, generally five years. Most Unclaimed Property consists of cash from bank accounts, stocks, bonds and contents of safe deposit boxes that have been abandoned. It also can include uncollected insurance policy proceeds, government refunds, utility deposits and wages from past jobs. Treasurer Zweifel does not handle real property such as land and houses or certain types of personal property such as cars and boats. There is more than $822 million in Unclaimed Property maintained by Treasurer Zweifel.  Treasurer Zweifel never charges for the return of Unclaimed Property.