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New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli

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Make Sure Your Money Isn’t Abandoned!

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Here are some tips to help you make sure that your money isn’t turned over to the State.

  • Keep your accounts active. More than half of unclaimed accounts are dormant savings accounts — accounts that have had no activity for three years. Make a small deposit or withdrawal every year.
  • Cash all checks promptly for utility deposits, dividends, insurance premiums, wages and any other refunds you received.
  • Keep accurate financial records. Record all bank accounts, stock certificates, insurance policies, utility and rent deposits, and your safe deposit number.
  • Notify all your financial institutions when you move.
  • Tell a family member or trusted friend or advisor where you store your financial records.