How To Claim Your Unclaimed Property

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s almost like a dream. The money is out there floating before your eyes and all you have to do is reach out and take it.

This cornucopia of dreams can come true at the State Treasurer’s Office in Harrisburg.

“We want to put money back in your wallet, where it belongs, to work for you,” Assistant Director of Unclaimed Property Maureen Ferrari said.

It’s your money and all you have to do is know that it’s there waiting for you to claim it.

“The money comes from banks, insurance companies, corporations. A lot of the money comes from uncashed wage checks. Insurance proceeds make up a lot of the unclaimed property, Ferrari said.

Finding out whether any of that money is yours is unbelievably easy. Your name could be among the thousands on the Pennsylvania Treasurer’s Unclaimed Money List.

To prove just how easy it is to check, KDKA’s John Shumway took his iPad to the street and starting putting in last names.

Cheryl Smith found her name on the list and found that she had $8,000 waiting.

Last year, 150,000 payments were made that totaled around $100 million.

It’s not just money the state is holding for you. Inside the treasurer’s vault, there are countless drawers of unclaimed property.

“We store them in the vault and then reach out the rightful owners,” Pennsylvania Treasurer Vault Keeper Lori Hetrick said.

From abandoned safety deposit boxes to unclaimed estates, the items have arrived. Some of the items include a 12-carat pear-shaped diamond, a Willie Mays autographed baseball, jewelry by the score, a Barbie doll and even a solid gold bar.

The state will hold all of the items until they become auction eligible.

The eBay proceeds go into an account under the estate name.

So how do you claim what rightfully belongs to you?

That’s actually the easy part. You can either go online and follow a few easy clicks, or give the operators a call at 1-800-222-2046.


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  • GinLupin

    I think we broke it… taking forever to load. John Shumway took down the feds!!! LOL

    • Nicole

      It’s working today just fine

    • Carol from PA

      I got on immediately, I was able to pull up hundreds of names; unfortunately I am not able to print from my Laptop and there is a Form you need to fill out so I had informed my Husband who already had a form; it was for a Business he is already aware of.

  • k martin

    i called kdka to report that i have a claim and i have money and can’t get my money but can’t get it because they don’t belive it is me so they need to get the truth

  • http://google helen wilson

    Do I have money coming to me

    • Brian

      Site does not work. How funny is that….must be an As Seen ONLY on KDKA TV2…..LOL

  • Mindy Eutzy

    LOL, I thought it was just me.

  • http://patreasury Steve G

    cant get into that site!

  • Patricia A Johnson

    Maiden name is O”Reilly

  • Carol Greco

    Link don’t work – Boo KDKA!

  • Anna M M

    can.t load the link either. guess they don’t want to give up the goods.

  • Edith S. Green

    Do i have money coming to me?

  • Mrs. Clark

    It’s downloading very slowly. I think we may have overloaded the site!!! SMH LOL

  • Laura Demchak

    Has any one gotten the page to load yet?

    • Sue

      I have less than $100 coming to me. I downloaded the claim form and am mailing it tomorrow.


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  • Mary

    Well it doesn’t work cause EVERYONE in Pittsburgh is trying to get their “free” money!!!!!

  • steeler fan

    This is a crock you can’t even get on the website.

  • marlene jones

    the lines must b 2 busy, everyone is trying 2 c if they money cause i cant load up the page either!!!

  • Cassandra

    Can’t get on the site

  • megan

    wont work

  • cindy

    I got in when you click on the lick as it is loading close out and click back in. I am in but within the site is taking long to search for name.



  • Shell Lynn

    i got a blueish screen… am i getting some were?

  • frank koon

    ditto, wont’t load-i also think that john shumway is involved!!! lol

  • mike greco

    this is stupid dont advertise these sites if they dont work

  • Shell Lynn

    I think the site is on over laod right now, try later?

  • augie s.

    no losd no money they must of ran out of money

  • kim

    I thought it was my computer ha ha ha it wont let me in…. I think everyone wants to find out if there is money for them… :(

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