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Does California Have Money With Your Name On It?

Check to see if you may have money, diamonds or canned meats that you didn't know you had lost.

Are you missing some money or maybe a bag of loose diamonds? Or how about an old can of sardines? If so, California Controller John Chiang's office wants you to claim them. In fact, $6 billion in unclaimed property and cash has been turned in to the controller's office.

The Caliornia State Conroller's website states that "California's Unclaimed Property Law requires corporations, businesses, associations, financial institutions, and insurance companies (referred to as 'Holders') to annually report and deliver property to the California State Controller's Office after there has been no activity on the account or contact with the owner for a period of time specified in the law."

According to the State of California, the most common types of unclaimed property includes bank accounts, estates, certificated of deposits, stocks or uncashed cashier's checks or money orders.

The website also includes photos of "unusual unclaimed property" items like a signed photo of Neil Armstrong, gold bars, jewelry, a police badge collection and an old can of sardines.

Anyone can search the state's database. Click here to see if you have unclaimed property.

Did you recover any of your property or money using the state website? Tell us in the comments and if the diamonds or sardines are yours, we want a pic!


paul hoffman January 31, 2013 at 04:45 PM
I check this site every few years, and found they have ~$40 for me now! I first accessed it about 20 years ago when a non-gov't business said they found unclaimed property of mine and for a fee would tell me details and how to get it: a scam since it is so easy to do on your own. I turned them down, found the state site myself, and recovered an escrow from a 1975 condo purchase! Worth checking here every now and then.
Nurse Beth February 01, 2013 at 01:37 PM
yeah, great...I found $23 for me...but over $100 for my exhusband...and over $1000 for my cousins...FML

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