DES MOINES, Iowa – Looking for your pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow? You may be in luck! State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald has a vault brimming full of unclaimed property that may belong to you. In the true spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, a visit to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt website at www.greatiowatreasurehunt.com may add some green in the form of unclaimed property to the wallets of some lucky Iowans.
Treasurer Fitzgerald encourages everyone to visit the website. “You don’t need a treasure map to find unclaimed property, just log on to greatiowatreasurehunt.com and type in your name,” Fitzgerald said. “We are consistently updating the list of those who have unclaimed property. Our database contains names of individuals and businesses from all over Iowa.”
The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program has returned over $143 million in unclaimed property to more than 359,000 individuals since Fitzgerald started it in 1983. Companies and banks in Iowa and from across the nation report millions of dollars in unclaimed property to the State Treasurer each year. Common examples of unclaimed property include money in forgotten savings/checking accounts, uncashed insurance benefit and payroll checks, IRA funds, lost stock and dividends, abandoned safe deposit box contents, gift cards, utility refunds or deposits.
Treasure seekers are encouraged to visit www.greatiowatreasurehunt.com and check to see if they have unclaimed assets waiting for them. Individuals may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For those who prefer corresponding by mail, please write to State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald, Great Iowa Treasure Hunt, Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319. Please make sure to provide current name, previous names and addresses.
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