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AG Hill: Hoosiers should search for unclaimed property amid coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:00am to 12:00am

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Attorney General Curtis Hill is encouraging Hoosiers to go to indianaunclaimed.gov and check whether they are the rightful owners of unclaimed funds currently being held by the Office of the Attorney General.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused thousands of Hoosiers to lose their jobs and forced more to work remotely. These fraught circumstances make this an appropriate time to see whether the Unclaimed Property Division of the Office of the Attorney General has property owed to you, Attorney General Hill said.

“Any Hoosier who is struggling financially due to this public health emergency should search Indiana Unclaimed to see if there are unclaimed funds waiting for them,” Attorney General Hill said. “While there isn’t property available to everyone, a quick search on our website could potentially improve a difficult situation. It’s worth a look.”

The Unclaimed Property Division of the Office of the Attorney General collects, safeguards and returns unclaimed property to rightful owners. Unclaimed property is any financial asset with no activity by its owner for an extended period of time. It can include unclaimed stock dividends, commissions, insurance proceeds, underlying shares and more.

On average, the Unclaimed Property Division returns more than $1 million per week. From 2017 to 2019, the division returned more than $188 million in unclaimed property to Hoosiers. So far in 2020, the division has returned more than $14.7 million in unclaimed property.

To check whether you or your loved ones are the rightful owners of unclaimed property, go to indianaunclaimed.gov and click “Search Unclaimed Properties.” Once you have claimed your property, you can track the status of your claim here. Just have your claim number available.

The Unclaimed Property Division has instituted several new procedures to protect its employees due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. While all critical functions of the office are being fulfilled, there may be a delay in some services, including the processing and payment of unclaimed property claims.

For up-to-date information about the coronavirus pandemic, please visit the Indiana State Department of Health website at www.in.gov/coronavirus/. You may also call the department 24/7 at 1-877-826-0011.

The Office of the Attorney General’s Unclaimed Property Division may be reached at 1-866-462-5246.

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