Update: I originally published this post in February, 2008, but this past weekend I discovered that I have almost $400 in my state’s unclaimed property fund. I am not quite sure how it got there. The state says the money was turned in by PayPal, and PayPal has all of my current contact information. I am assuming that someone tried to send me money but had my email address wrong. Rather than compare my contact info (which they had with the payment) to other accounts, PayPal just turned it over to the state.
Don’t assume that if you don’t recall any money owed to you, or if you haven’t moved or changed any accounts recently that there are no payments waiting for you. Take a few minutes and check.
Now we return you to our original post…
My mother-in-law called today to tell me she got a check for more than $300. And it was all because of some time I wasted on the Internet one day. [Read more…]