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More states join MissingMoney.com

Civic.com

March 10, 2000
Web posted at: 8:11 a.m. EST (1311 GMT)

(IDG) -- Maine, New Mexico and Massachusetts recently joined MissingMoney.com, a free national search engine that helps people find lost assets and unclaimed property.

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The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators and the Checkfree Corporation, launched the site last November. People can use it to search for their rightful assets, including savings accounts, stocks, and pay checks that may have been lost over time. To use the service, people simply enter their last name and Zip code to see if any matches are returned.

"States are doing this because it offers them a new paradigm to extend their public outreach," said Mike Meriton, president of MissingMoney.com. "Itās part of every stateās mission statement to be the perpetual custodians of assets and find their rightful owners."

Maine, New Mexico and Massachusetts make 21 states that are participating in free database. Florida, Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia and North Carolina joined last November when the Web site launched. A dozen statesā unclaimed property listings can be searched on the site, and the rest will be added as soon as their data is properly collected and formatted.

"We are very excited to join MissingMoney.com and offer New Mexico residents another way to quickly locate lost assets," said John Chavez, the stateās Taxation and Revenue Department secretary. "New Mexico manages approximately $38.5 million in unclaimed property, and we are working hard everyday to return that property to the rightful owners as soon as possible."




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