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Missingmoney.comMissing money? Head to to see if the government has it.

Money's tight these days. But maybe you have a little more of the green stuff than you think you do.

All you need to do is search for it. No, not under the car seats or between the couch cushions. Online.

The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators has a Web site called where people can search for funds that may be owed to them. Or you can head directly to the Illinois CashDash database.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

"You may be entitled to some of the nearly $33 billion in unclaimed property sitting in state governments' coffers.

"These are sums that businesses were required to turn over to the states after no activity or contact with the owner after a period of a year or more.

"Items can include dividend or payroll checks that haven't been cashed, refunds, trust distributions, unredeemed money orders, insurance payments or refunds, annuities, certificates of deposit, customer overpayments and the contents of safe-deposit boxes."

All you have to do is head to to access state records (most states are included) for free.

And you can search to see if a deceased relative of yours has unclaimed property as well. To claim those accounts, you have to be able to prove you're the legal heir.

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