More than $170,000 in unclaimed funds was recently returned to its rightful owners in South Carolina.
State Treasurer Curtis Loftis signed letters returning $173,365.65 in unclaimed property to residents and business owners.
"It's great to return this unclaimed property to people," Loftis said. "Make sure to check the names of your entire family because the money is there. All you have to do is check for it."
Unclaimed property can be many things, but usually involves funds such money forgotten about in bank accounts, stock certificates, insurance policies and deposits left behind for starting utility services. The unclaimed property program does not include physical property such as land, cars, homes or personal belongings.
South Carolina, like many other states, has a searchable database of unclaimed funds that may be owed to you, your friends and family members. To search the unclaimed property database for South Carolina, please visit http://treasurer.sc.gov/unclaimed-property/.
The page also has links to more information about the program and about how to claim funds that may belong to you or your family. The same page also offers another potential source of unclaimed funds beyond South Carolina: https://www.unclaimed.org/other/.