Remember that apartment deposit you never got back? Or that Christmas Club bank account you never tapped?
Thousands of people have unclaimed property — uncashed paychecks, dormant bank accounts, forgotten safe deposit boxes — that’s been left in the hands of the state Department of Revenue.
The state has to at least make some effort to find these folks, and the thing that’s worked best so far is an online computer database at http://ucp.dor.wa.gov (or just click here
.) Last year, Revenue paid $15 million in such claims to 33,000 people.
According to the agency, there are now more than 900,000 people on the list. The state says that gives people about a one-in-seven chance of turning up some old money they’d forgotten about. And unlike a lottery ticket, it’s free.