The USA Today Network in New York compiles its own unclaimed fund’s database each year using data from the Comptroller’s Office. Whether you type in a name, it will show you if there are any matches. Since 1985, the USA TODAY Network’s database will tell you if you owe as low as $3. The state Comptroller’s Office also has a website where you can see money as small as $20.
The money comes from old bank accounts, which amount to 45 percent of the total. When money sits inactive for years, financial institutions are compelled to send it to the state. The Comptroller’s Office claims to return $1.5 million per day from its 42 million accounts. The greatest payout was $5.2 million, a stock claim.
The greatest amount that has yet to be claimed is almost $8 million for an estate. 70% of claims are for less than $100. The Comptroller’s Office answers additional frequently asked questions about unclaimed assets on its website.