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Claiming Unclaimed Property

March 27, 2014, 9:55 PM by Perry Groten

Claiming Unclaimed Property
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Some South Dakotans aren't relying solely on their income tax refund for a tidy financial windfall this spring. They're discovering long-forgotten or long-lost cash through the state treasurer's office. It turns out, claiming that unclaimed money is easy, even for someone as computer-challenged as KELOLAND's Perry Groten.

By logging onto the South Dakota State Treasurer's website, I've learned that I have $99 dollars coming to me from an old credit card account. My treasure hunt begins by going to unclaimed property and clicking on the search and claim button.

Next, I type in my name, hit search and bingo: there I am. I click on my name and then go to review selected results.

It asks some questions:

  • Is this your name? Yes.
  • Do you live or have you lived at the address listed if shown? I did, but I don't anymore.
  • Do you or have you lived in South Dakota? Yes I do, and yes I have.
  • Have you conducted business with the company? Yes, I have.

Next, select the properties you would like to claim. So I click it, and then go to claim selected properties.

Now, I type in my name, address, email, phone number, social security number, which is optional, along with the driver's license number.

I hereby certify that the foregoing information is true and correct.

Now I hit submit claim.

It says you're almost done.

Now I have to print the state claim inquiry form.

I've printed the paperwork, now I'll have to fill out the information. The whole process took less than five minutes, and I have 99 good reasons for taking the time to do it. The hard part will be deciding how I'll spend the money.

The state treasurer's office reviews all of the electronic claims.  If everything checks-out, the applicants will receive a check in about three weeks.

If you want to see if you're in possession of any unclaimed money, click here.

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