Hidden Treasure

The Florida Department of Financial Services and the Division of Accounting & Auditing Bureau of Unclaimed Property could be holding loot owed to you — and they’re just waiting for you to claim it.
Text by Francesca Cruz | May 20, 2018 | Lifestyle

Feeling a little cash-strapped? Need a little extra cash for a new investment? Currently, Florida holds unclaimed property accounts valued at more than $1 billion, mostly from dormant accounts in financial institutions, insurance firms, utility companies, securities and trust holdings. In addition, unclaimed property includes tangible items like watches, jewelry, currency, stamps, historic items and other articles from abandoned safe deposit boxes. Since there’s no statue of limitations, a citizen has the right to claim his or her property at any time and without incurring any costs. Just trust the processes, even if the opportunity might seem a little too good to be true;