Treasurer’s Office encourages Missourians to check unclaimed property list

Third annual "12 Days of Unclaimed Property" social media campaign is a go.

 

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Starting now and going through December 16, Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick is reminding Missourians to check the Unclaimed Property List via a social media campaign using the hashtag #12DaysofUCP.

“Missouri’s largest lost and found” includes $1 billion in unclaimed property stored across more than five million owner accounts. Missouri State law requires financial institutions, insurance companies, public agencies, and other business entities to turn over unclaimed assets to the Treasurer’s Office. 

Most of these assets consist of cash from bank accounts, stocks, bonds, and contents of safe deposit boxes that have been abandoned. It can also include uncollected insurance policy proceeds, government refunds, utility deposits, and wages from past jobs.

“We want to return it to rightful owners—especially as we approach the holidays and Missourians find increased costs at the gas pump and on grocery store shelves this season. While these social posts take a tongue-in-cheek tone about some of the items in the unclaimed property vault and names on the list, I hope Missourians will take a serious look and maybe find an unexpected holiday gift,” Fitzpatrick says. 

Fitzpatrick’s Treasurer’s Office has broken a handful of unclaimed property records, including returning $100 million to Missourians faster than any state treasurer in state history. His administration has previously returned $1 million in the span of just ten days, and hit a high mark of $45 million returned in a single fiscal year. 

Fitzpatrick was elected to his first full term as State Treasurer in 2020. His social media pages make no secret of his desire to run for State Auditor in 2024. 

“Unclaimed Property is waiting for one in ten Missourians, and the average return is nearly $300. Missourians can search and claim Unclaimed Property year-round at ShowMeMoney.com,” Fitzpatrick’s office writes.