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I’m a member of a few financial groups on Facebook. They share tips and tricks and general advice for members of these groups, and in general it’s a very supportive culture of smart people like them trying to help dumb people like me overcome our dumb mistakes.
One of the links shared recently seemed a bit too good to be true. The claim was simple: It was a site that allowed you to find mysterious missing money that was owed to you, file a claim via the government, and get the money back.
Sounds too good to be true, right? WELL IT WAS.
Actually it wasn’t, but it made things more interesting to say the other thing first.
Turns out it works exactly as advertised, or at least I should say it seems to. I had a couple of clumps of this “missing money” under my name, which surprised the snot out of me.
The first is some insurance premium that I overpaid on or some such nonsense, totaling “between 25-50 dollars,” and the second is a stock dividend that they couldn’t find me to pay, totaling “between 75-100 dollars.” The website is legit and handled by the government as far as I can tell. In fact, my state (Washington) had it’s own separate program I had to use that literally went through a .org address. So you aren’t being sent to some Chicago crime family that will people your face off with a potato peeler if you don’t give them a cut.
The site is simply missingmoney.com
All I had to do was submit proof of the address that I was living at during this time period, and a valid idea. You can do it electronically right on the site, or you can mail things in physically. Again let me be clear: Washington State has a separate site for this, so I’m not 100% that all of this applies to Missing Money, but I have to assume it does.
The site is also endorsed by financial wizard, David Bach, and has been featured on Oprah and a few other spots. I think it’s pretty legit.
So best case scenario is I wait 4-6 weeks and make $150 bucks I didn’t have before, and worst case scenario is I wait 4-6 weeks to make $100 bucks I didn’t have before. Either way it was for about 15 minutes worth of work, so I’m good with that rate.
Go check it out for yourself and see what you can find. I literally found a claim from the 1970s for my parents when they lived in their first home. Turns out the government keeps track of everything.
You don’t have much to lose, and since every penny counts when you’re digging out, why not give it a shot?
If you find any money that you’re owed, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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