Unclaimed Money in Illinois

Understanding unclaimed money

Unclaimed money, also known as unclaimed property or abandoned funds, refers to assets or amounts of money that are owed to an individual, business, or estate but have not been claimed. Financial institutions and companies, after a certain period of inactivity or lack of contact with the rightful owner, turn these funds over to the state.

Despite the term “unclaimed money,” this can include not only cash but also various types of property which the owner or heir may have forgotten about or may be unaware that they are entitled to.

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Common sources of unclaimed funds

Unclaimed funds can originate from a variety of sources with certain circumstances resulting in the funds becoming lost or forgotten. Here are some of the most common sources:

Bank accounts: Savings or checking accounts that have been inactive for an extended period may become unclaimed. This also includes CDs (certificates of deposit) that may not have been renewed or claimed after maturity.

Uncashed dividends or payroll checks: Investment dividends or paychecks that were never cashed are a frequent source of unclaimed funds. Employers and financial institutions typically have procedures to follow, that often involve turning the funds over to the state, when checks remain uncashed.

Searching for your unclaimed money in Illinois

Checking for unclaimed property through MoneyBot5000

1. Access MoneyBot5000: Sign up or login to the MoneyBot5000.

2. Use the unclaimed funds search tool: Use the search tool on the homepage designed to track unclaimed property.

3. Enter your personal details: Provide your name and address to help ensure a detailed search.

4. Refine your search: If possible, include additional information such as your city or ZIP code to narrow down the search results.

5. Review potential matches: Examine the list of potential matches that the system generates. Each entry usually includes the owner’s name, last known address, the holder of the funds, and details on how to proceed.

6. Select and claim your property: If you recognize any property as yours, select it and follow the instructions provided by MoneyBot5000 to initiate your claim.

The claiming process

Access the state site: After using MoneyBot5000 to see if you have unclaimed property, go to the state website to claim. You’ll need to enter your name or business name. This is a secure source to claim your property, and it provides a user-friendly interface for claimants.

Enter your information: You will need to provide your personal information and details about the property. Enter the information for the claim you found in the MoneyBot5000 results.

Submit required documents: Depending on your claim, you may need to provide identification (like a driver’s license or passport), proof of address, documents proving ownership, or legal documents establishing your right to the property.

Illinois Department of Revenue - Unclaimed Property Division

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Illinois State Treasurer's Office, Unclaimed Property Division, 1 E Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield IL 62701

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