So, I begin searching this website for unclaimed property accounts left under my family member's names and low-and-behold I find that there are indeed people I know who have money in accounts at this Dept. of Revenue website. After finding myself and several close family members on this website, I then begin to get curious about who else might have money coming to them that is rightfully theirs and yet sits in accounts at the Dept. of Revenue waiting for them as unclaimed property. With my Facebook page open, I begin looking up names and discover that over a dozen family members and friends are on the list of people who have yet to claim money in such accounts. Most of these are accounts under $50, yet some are over $100 and a few having more than one unclaimed account. When I total the amount my family can recoup alone the numbers begin to add up to over $1000.
I begin to imagine all of these people thanking me for finding them their lost money if only I could reach them. So, I send out an email that each of my family members who has an unclaimed funds account at the Dept. of Revenue receives, telling them that they have unclaimed money awaiting them if they want to claim it. No one knows who any of the others in the list are but I state clearly that I looked up their names at the Dept. of Revenue website and found that they had unclaimed funds and it is theirs to access if only they'd go the website that I link to in the email, and register at claim.
Am I prying into other people's lives? Anyone could have looked up those names at any time and found the same things that I did. The information at the site gives anyone who does look this information up past addresses and spouses names and even places that people worked. This can be important information if anyone is out to steal your identity. Also, the fact that I contacted only family and the subject was lost money absolves a lot of sins. After thinking about the process of getting people owed money, I imagined that it might be a sort of reconciliation between the person owed money and people who owed them money in the past. In other words, there might have been a financial situation that went by the way side and that now can be resolved, making the person owed feel like they were not forgotten in the first place. Or, the whole thing might just be found money. Either way, I had a good time finding these accounts for the dozen or so people who will now be able to access their lost money.
If anyone is interested in finding our if they to have lost money from their past coming to them, here are the links to finding it ~
Washington State Dept. of Revenue - ClaimYourCash.org
The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators - MissingMoney.org
Best Of Luck! ~ Josh