HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Have you ever purchased a product, mailed in for a rebate, but never got it?
Well, if you live in Pennsylvania, State Treasurer Rob McCord says you may be in luck.
“Treasurer McCord, through this settlement, has recaptured nearly $2 million in promotional rebates that never made it to its intended recipient, and it’s now our job to return those funds,” McCord’s deputy chief of staff Michael Smith told KDKA money editor Jon Delano.
McCord reached a settlement with a company called Parago, Inc., that handled rebates for many companies, including Staples, Home Depot, Verizon, Verizon Wireless and General Electric.
“Parago is one of the larger outfits in America doing this kind of work, and the audit that originally triggered this settlement found that they served nearly 190 different companies,” said Smith. “And many of those firms are some of the nation’s largest retailers and manufacturers.”
On his website, McCord will list the rebates available as he receives the names and the money from Parago over the next three years.
“We’re encouraging Pennsylvanians to contact Treasury and to regularly check our free, searchable database at www.patreasury.gov,” said Smith.
Smith says if you think you’re owed a rebate; contact Treasury right now to expedite that refund.
“If they believe they are owed a rebate, we ask that they please provide their name, and Parago has agreed to work with us and to search their database to see if property is owed to that individual,” he added.
If you believe you may be owed a rebate from Parago or one of its clients, please call 1-800-222-2046, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to provide your name to one of Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Return Team members.
Generally speaking, unclaimed property is any financial asset that has been left with a business or organization without activity or contact for at least one year, including bank accounts, uncashed payroll checks, accounts payable or receivable checks, credit balances, expired gift cards, savings and checking accounts, escrow accounts, money orders, travelers checks, utility refunds, insurance proceeds, stocks and bonds, and the contents of safe deposit boxes.