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Dateline Nbc to Air Unclaimed Property Segment


According to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, a 15-minute segment related to unclaimed property programs nationwide will air on the April 9th edition of Dateline NBC.

The Department of Financial Services' Bureau of Unclaimed Property is currently holding approximately $977 million belonging to more than 4 million Floridians. Consumers are urged to search the state's online database of unclaimed property at to find out if the department is holding cash or property belonging to them. Floridians may also call 1-88-VALUABLE.

The department has returned nearly $75 million to Floridians since July, 2003.

Most of the property comes from dormant accounts in financial institutions, deposits paid to utility companies, insurance premium refunds, safe deposit boxes and trust holdings. In addition to cash and securities, the state's holdings include property such as watches, jewelry, coins, stamps and historical items.

Unclaimed property held by the state is deposited into the State School Trust Fund until it is claimed by the rightful owner. Items from abandoned safe deposit boxes are auctioned annually, but the proceeds are always available for the owners to collect. Last year's auction yielded approximately $500,000 to benefit public education.