TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Kansas State Treasurer Steven Johnson is using National Unclaimed Property Day on Wednesday to remind Kansans to claim any unclaimed property in their name.
The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) estimates that nearly one in 10 people nationwide have unclaimed property. Johnson said in a press release that their office holds more than $500 million in unclaimed property for Kansans.
“We want [the properties] to get back into the hands of the owners,” Johnson said. “We want to find the rightful owner so they can use their assets again.”
NAUPA defines unclaimed property as financial accounts or valuables in which the owner has not established any business for a number of years. Examples include unpaid life insurance benefits, forgotten bank accounts, safety deposit boxes, or collectibles, such as bobbleheads or baseball cards.
Johnson is asking Kansans to see if they have any unclaimed property by searching their name at kansascash.ks.gov, where claims can be searched and/or filed online for free.
You can also search for properties in other states at missingmoney.com.
Johnson is also reminding Kansans that third parties may contact people offering to assist in filing claims for a fee, which are likely scams.