Did you know that an estimated $41.7 billion - billion - is currently held in government unclaimed-property programs? Some of that unclaimed money could be yours.
Sound like a scam? It isn't, although some scam companies and individual scammers will try to charge you fees to recover it.
Warning: If someone asks for a fee to search for unclaimed money, don't pay. It's a free search.
Before I tell you how to find your unclaimed money, though, here's how it gets unclaimed in the first place.
Maybe you forgot to get that deposit back from the electric utility when you rented your first apartment. An insurance company may have issued you a refund on a policy but couldn't find you. You might have been enrolled in a pension plan that was discontinued.
By law, companies can't keep that money. And if they can't find you, they must turn it over to the state for safekeeping. You just need to claim it!