So far, Iowa has restored more than $259,640,080 in abandoned property to its original owners. Each year, millions of dollars in abandoned property are turned over to the Iowa State Treasurer. While the exact number varies, there is currently about $42 billion in unclaimed property in the United States. The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA), a group of unclaimed staff administrators dedicated to assisting people in finding and claiming their abandoned property, came up with these figures.
A last-name-only search may be appropriate if you have a unique last name. If you have a common last name, however, a last-name-only search may not be effective in narrowing down your results. For example, a search for the surname Smith yields 1,000 results, yet the number might be much higher because the system stops at 1,000.