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Pa. Treasurer wants Carbon residents to claim what is theirs

Published June 04. 2010 05:00PM

Carbon County residents should check out Page 9 of today's TIMES NEWS and see if they have any unclaimed property listed there.

"Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars in unclaimed property," said Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord. "Last year, we returned nearly $164,000 to Carbon County residents - and we want to do the same for you. Currently, we are seeking owners of $1.3 million in Carbon County - and some of it could be yours."

Treasury is only required to publish the names of owners of property worth more than $250.

"So even it you don't see your name in the paper, you may have something," said McCord. " It's worth a search of our free and searchable web site at Come and claim what is yours."

The Treasurer said that most people don't think that they might have unclaimed property. "But maybe you've moved, and your insurance company has been unable to locate you. That insurance policy you bought still belongs to you - and so does that dividend check it paid out! Or maybe your parents had a safe-deposit box that you didn't know about when you settled their estate. What was in that box belongs to you. Come and get it." McCord urged Carbon County residents.

"Pennsylvanias have about a one in 10 chance of finding unclaimed property in their name - it's worth a minute to search to see what might be waiting for you," McCord added.

Individuals who find their name on the advertised list or in the database may claim their property by calling the unclaimed property hot line toll-free at 1-800-222-2046, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Treasury staff will be happy to assist them in recovering their property free of charge. Claims may be initiated online at

Each year, Treasury receives millions of dollars in unclaimed property from abandoned bank accounts, forgotten stocks, uncashed checks, life insurance policies, safe deposit boxes and other sources. In 2009, Treasury McCord and his Return Team remain hard at work to locate the rightful owners of nearly $2 billion in unclaimed property.

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