Wyoming Treasurer's Office seeks owners of unclaimed funds

2013-02-03T16:21:00Z 2013-02-03T21:31:08Z Wyoming Treasurer's Office seeks owners of unclaimed fundsBy DARRELL EHRLICK Casper Star-Tribune The Billings Gazette
February 03, 2013 4:21 pm  • 

CASPER, Wyo. — It may be a way to get rich quick. But, it’s not a scheme.

“Wyoming Windfall” is an annual section put out by the state treasurers’ office. It lists funds Wyoming needs to return to their rightful owners.

The only hitch?

The state can’t find the owner to give the money back. So, the “Wyoming Windfall” publication lists the funds and the people in hopes of returning the money.

With all of the scams, some people mistakenly think this is one, said State Treasurer Mark Gordon.

The Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest circulating newspaper, carries the insert so it can reach as many people as possible. The list can also be found at: www.wywindfall.gov.

Unclaimed funds are available to the rightful owners and Gordon wants to return them. “Wyoming Windfall” is the catch name for the Unclaimed Property Division of the State Treasurer’s Office. Unclaimed property includes, but is not limited to, wages, uncashed money orders, oil-and-gas royalties, stocks, bonds and mutual funds.

Funds that have been held by a company or by another state for a specified number of years and have not or cannot be paid to the owner are then placed in protective custody by the state treasurer. The Unclaimed Property Division safeguards and makes an effort to return the funds to the rightful owner, at no cost to the owner.

Phone banks will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, Feb. 4 through 8; after Feb. 8, phone banks will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Hundreds of telephone calls are received and claims are mailed to potential owners/heirs during a two-week period.

Folks who find out they may have money coming are asked to be patient. With thousands of names being advertised, callers may get a busy signal. Those wishing to write or avoid phone delays can send letters to the Unclaimed Property Division at 2515 Warren Avenue, Suite 502, Cheyenne, WY 82002.

Gordon said the average claim is less than $100; however, some owners have claimed $100,000 or more.

Gordon’s office recommends contacting the Unclaimed Property Office at 307-777-5590 or at the address above to determine if the state is holding your unclaimed property.

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