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CFO Jimmy Patronis Consumer Alert – $305 Million of Unclaimed Property in Orlando Area

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Released By Florida Department of Financial Services

Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis’ office currently holds more than 1.3 million unclaimed property accounts valued at over $305 million in the Orlando area (Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia counties). Consumers can claim their money at any time and at no cost. CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Orlando holds over 1.3 million unclaimed accounts and it only takes seconds to search for free online. One in five Floridians has unclaimed funds—so see if you are one of them! Since I’ve been in office, we broke the previous record for most returns by reuniting more than $629 million to residents and businesses. Because of our proactive efforts to return unclaimed property, Florida remains a national leader and with your help we will work to raise the bar even higher.”

4 Tips to Check if You Have Unclaimed Property:

1. No Cost to You by Working Directly with our Office. Checking the official website and filling out the claim form via the state will not cost you any money.

2. Check the Website. Go to www.fltreasurehunt.gov and enter in your information to see if you have unclaimed property. One out of every five Floridians has unclaimed property such as utility deposits or items from forgotten safe deposit boxes.

3. Fill Out All Forms. Read carefully, fill out completely and sign your claim form. Each claim form will detail the documentation you are required to provide. The required documentation will include (but may not be limited to) a copy of your current identification reflecting your current mailing address and documentation proving your ownership of the account. Please refer to the claim form for the specific documentation required for your claim.

4. Drop in the Mail. Mail the completed claim form with the required documentation to the address indicated on the form.

Unclaimed Property is a financial asset that is unknown or lost, or has been left inactive, unclaimed or abandoned by its owner. The most common types of unclaimed property are dormant bank accounts, unclaimed insurance proceeds, stocks, dividends, uncashed checks, deposits, credit balances and refunds. Unclaimed property also includes contents from abandoned safe deposit boxes in financial institutions.

Florida Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis’ office also currently holds more than 1.5 million unclaimed property accounts valued at over $410 million in the Tampa and St. Petersburg area, more than 400,000 unclaimed property accounts valued at over $105 million in the Ft. Myers and Naples area, more than half a million unclaimed property accounts valued at over $127 million in the Jacksonville area, more than 111,000 unclaimed property accounts valued at over $22.9 million in the Panama City area and more than 112,000 unclaimed property accounts valued at over $23.4 million in the Gainesville area.