Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Unclaimed Property? How much does is out there?

Unclaimed Property is money owed to people and companies that gets turned over to each state when companies can't find people to pay it back. According to a February 2021 article from the Los Angeles Times, the State of California is holding $10.2 billion dollars by itself. Other states also have billions they hold that's just waiting to get claimed.

Who is Lost Property Finder? What do you do?

We help people recover "Unclaimed Property Records". Unclaimed Property is money owed to people and companies that gets turned over to each state when companies can't find people to pay it back. This often happens when people move. We help people find their unclaimed property and claim it, and take a small fee in exchange.

Is Unclaimed Property really "free money?"

Yes! It's your money. A company owed you money and could not find you, so it's just sitting there waiting for you to claim it. Every state is required to hold unclaimed property indefinitely until the owner claims it. Find you money and claim it today!

How do I get my money?

Easy! If you every lived in California, go to our homepage and search by your last name. Go through the steps to find your unclaimed property and claim it. We'll collect proof of identity through our secure systems, and do all of the work for you. The whole process takes less than a few minutes in most cases. For other states, please click the email link above and send us an email to see if we can help. You can also search the state name plus "unclaimed property" to find your state's website.

How fast can I get paid?

For many claims we can pay you in 1 business day via a electronic gift card. With that option we charge a small fee. If you want a paper check in Califoria, the State cautions that checks may take up to 2 to 6 months to arrive.

What information will I have to provide to prove the money is mine?

For many claims you just need to provide a picture of your drivers license and your social security number. For some claims you may have to provide more documentation, like proof of address. can help you with this!

Is my information secure? Can I trust you?

Your information is secure. We use bank-grade security to encrypt any sensitive information. We use Stripe to handle identity verification and payments, and never even store your identity documents in our systems. Stripe processes hundreds of billions of dollars of payments every year and has never had a security breach. For more on the security around Stripe's Identiy verification security, read their support article here.

Do I need to use Lost Property Finder? Can I claim directly?

Lost Property Finder makes filing a claim dead simple, and for many claims we can pay you the next business day. You are always free to file your claim directly with the state, but it often involves printing and mailing forms, getting forms notarized, and tryiing to track down proof-of-address documents from years ago. We make every step of that process a breeze, and only ask a small percentage of the payout in return.

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