The Oklahoma State Treasurer's Office maintains a database of unclaimed property with over 350,000 names in it, and one of them might be yours. Cash and valuables totaling more than $260 million are just waiting to be claimed by the rightful owners or heirs. Here are the details on the database and how you can see if you have money coming your way.
Why Would Someone Have Unclaimed Property?
There are a number of reasons property goes unclaimed.
If you've moved recently or had any kind of change of address, it's possible a business owes you money but couldn't track you down. Also, when a check, such as a tax rebate check, goes uncashed, it's considered unclaimed. Other types of unclaimed property include:
- Safe deposit box contents
- Stocks and bonds
- Utility deposits
- Dormant checking or savings accounts
- Uncashed money orders
Land and buildings are not part of the Unclaimed Property Database.
How to Check the Database
It's easy, it's free, and there's no time limit on claiming property. The database is easily searchable by last name or business name. For best results, enter a name and a city. If your search turns up something, you can claim property using an online form.