More States Join MissingMoney.com
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Apr 03, 2000
Maine, New Mexico and Massachusetts recently joined MissingMoney.com, a
free national search engine that helps people find lost assets and unclaimed
The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators and Checkfree
Corp. launched the site last November. People can use it to search for personal
assets, including savings accounts, stocks, and paychecks, that may have
been lost over time. To use the service, people simply enter their last
name and ZIP code to see if any matches are returned.
"States are doing this because it offers them a new paradigm to extend
their public outreach," said Mike Meriton, president of MissingMoney. com.
"It's part of every state's mission statement to be the perpetual custodians
of assets and find their rightful owners."
Maine, New Mexico and Massachusetts bring to 21 the number of states
that are participating in the free database. Florida, Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia
and North Carolina joined last November when the Web site launched. A dozen
states' unclaimed property listings can be searched on the site, and the
rest will be added as soon as their data is properly collected and formatted.