The New York state comptroller's office is overseeing $14.5 billion dollars worth of unclaimed funds. Banks, insurance companies, and other institutions are required to turn over the contents of inactive or abandoned accounts. More than 35 million accounts for New Yorkers have money waiting to be claimed.
The Comptroller's Office has an online database to check to see if you are owed money as low as $20, dating back to 1985. Gannett Albany Bureau's searchable database will show whether you are owed as little as $3 since 1985. A name may show up here but not at the comptroller's website. If you find your name here but not in the state's website, you'll need to call 800-221-9311 to file a claim.
To file a claim for one of these accounts, visit the comptroller's website. A person can also make a claim through the mail: The New York State Comptroller's Office of Unclaimed Funds, 110 State Street, Albany, NY 12236.
Due to privacy concerns, the dollar amounts associated with each account are not included. A search will return the first 100 records found. Narrow your search with additional terms to improve the results.