COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio Department of Commerce says that you may have money that is owed to you — money you may not even know about.
The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Unclaimed Funds has $2.3 billion in money that hasn’t yet been claimed.
Unclaimed funds are money or the rights to money that have been dormant or forgotten. Some common examples include dormant checking and savings accounts, forgotten rent or utility deposits, uncashed checks, undelivered stock certificates and uncashed insurance policies.
This year so far, $34.4 million has been returned. The average claim is $2,100, according to the Ohio Department of Commerce.
The Division of Unclaimed Funds has a website in which you can check for a claim for free. You only need to enter your last name to find out if you have money owed to you.
Division of Unclaimed Funds Superintendent Yaw Obeng said the extra money could help with holiday shopping this season.
“We returned a record setting $76 million to Ohioans last fiscal year and hope to top that this year. You may find money that could help you pay off some bills or purchase your holiday gifts,” Obeng said.
You can check for unclaimed funds on the Division of Unclaimed Funds’ website or by calling the toll free phone number, 1-877-644-6823.
Those without Internet access can also write to the Division of Unclaimed Funds and provide the full name(s) to be researched, along with the counties in which the person(s) might have resided. The Division’s address is 77 South High Street, 20th Floor, Columbus, OH, 43215.