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Your Money Monday: Unclaimed Cash

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The Commonwealth is holding onto billions of dollars in money and property that might belong to you.

Perhaps it’s from a leftover, old bank account, or an insurance policy, or items forgotten in safe deposit box. You can reclaim it, but you have to know how and where to look.

Monday night, we teamed up again with the Office of State Treasurer Steve Grossman to help you track down your unclaimed property.

Between 5 and 6:30 p.m. we received more than 220 calls and we were able to connect 72 people with unclaimed assets for a total of $84,000.

Over the past year the state has returned more than $100-million dollars to residents.

“In terms of per capita for population, we are the return state in the country for the amount of money we return. (Why do you think that is?) I think it’s because we do so much. We do events like this on TV. Last year we attended 87 different outreach events, everything from as big as The Big E to as small as a 4 hour chowder fest in the city of Quincy,” notes┬áMark Bracken, Mass. Director of Unclaimed Property.

One of our viewers from Springfield who called in during the show tonight was able to claim nearly $48,000.

If you couldn’t get through Monday night, don’t worry. You can use the link below to begin your search for unclaimed property, or you can call 1-888-344-MASS (1-888-344-6277) between 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

HELPFUL LINKS:
Begin your search for Unclaimed Property

Check your claim status

Print forms from the Treasurer’s Office

Link to view Mass. General Law 200A (Chapter 200A. Unclaimed Property)

F.A.Q.’s on Unclaimed Property

Contact the Unclaimed Property Division of the State Treasurer’s Office

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