https //ouf.osc.state.ny/ouf/ : Unclaimed Funds | Office of the New York State Comptroller
Every day New York State returns $1.5 million to those who file claims here. Is any yours? Search Now at https://ouf.osc.state.ny.us/ouf/. Learn how to submit your claim for lost money online or by mail.
Banks, insurance companies, corporations and the courts are among the many organizations required by law to report dormant accounts to the State Comptroller. These organizations must attempt to notify you by mail and publish the information in newspapers. Despite these efforts, many funds remain unclaimed and are turned over to the Office of the State Comptroller.
Types of Unclaimed Funds Accounts
- Bank Accounts – savings, checking and CDs
- Court Funds
- Estate Proceeds
- Insurance Benefits/Policies
- Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds
- Telephone/Utility/Security Deposits
OFFICE OF UNCLAIMED FUNDS
To see how much unclaimed money there is in each county, use our interactive map at osc.state.ny.us/unclaimed-funds/map
1. New York State has $18.4 billion in unclaimed money
2. More than 49 million account records remain unclaimed
3. Every day we return over $1.5 million to individuals, companies, non-profit organizations, and municipalities
4. $406 million funds paid; 690,000 claims processed (4/22-3/23)
5. Most claims can be submitted online (osc.state.ny.us/unclaimed-funds)
6. More than 10 million searches conducted annually
7. No fee to reclaim funds
8. Interest is paid for five years on interest bearing accounts—currently it’s 5%
9. 70% of claims are less than $100
10. A New York State resident received $5.9 million from a stock claim
11. Largest amount still unclaimed is approximately $9.2 million for an estate
Avoid Unclaimed Money Scams
Beware of people who pretend to be the government and offer to send you unclaimed money in exchange for a fee or the exchange of confidential personal information. This practice is called phishing – a criminal activity using various techniques to trick you into providing personal or financial information through an email request or through a link to a fraudulent Web site.
How much is my claim?
To protect your privacy and prevent fraud, we can’t tell you the amount of your claim until we receive and confirm your proof of ownership. Once ownership is confirmed, you will receive a letter with the account details and amount of claim. Note that all items that appear online are at least $20 or one share of stock.
What is the status of my claim?
- check your claim status online, or
- call 800-221-9311.
Where do I find my claim reference or confirmation number?
If you submitted your claim:
- Online, you would have received an email from us that included your confirmation number. Check your junk or spam folder if you can’t find it.
- By mail, you would have received an acknowledgement letter within 30 days. Your claim reference number is located in the upper right-hand side.
Use your claim reference or confirmation number to check the status of your claim.
If you didn’t receive an email or letter, or lost your number, complete our contact form.
How do I start a claim?
See step-by-step instructions for:
When will I receive my payment?
- Online claims for individuals are typically paid within two weeks. Claims for deceased owners usually take four to six weeks from the date you upload the requested documents.
- Mailed claims may take up to 3-4 months for us to review your claim and mail payment. You’ll receive an acknowledgement letter within 30 days of your claim.