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User Topic: Legal Claimant Services. Anyone heard of this company?
gonnabe2016
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Default  Posted: 8:29 PM, February 4th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

These people keep contacting me in regards to unclaimed property they've discovered that is in my deceased father's name.

They say that they'll recover the property for a *cut* of the amount recovered.

I'm curious as to whether anyone has dealt with something like this?


"Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." - Sir Walter Scott

In my effort to be *concise*, I often come off as blunt and harsh. Sorry, don't mean to be offensive.


Posts: 8188 | Registered: Feb 2012 | From: Midwest
little turtle
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Default  Posted: 8:59 PM, February 4th (Tuesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

No personal experience, but this article came up in my google search and I found it interesting.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/22/your-money/seeking-owners-of-unclaimed-money-for-a-fee.html?_r=0


How to make sure you do not pay a huge fee to learn about something that already belongs to you is both easier and harder than it seems. Simply put, you need to keep good records and not lose things. If you are an heir, you need to take time to search the lists of unclaimed money that states post on their Web sites. Anything found there is returned to owners or heirs free of charge.


Failure is success if we learn from it.

Posts: 4224 | Registered: Aug 2007 | From: michigan
Cally60
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Default  Posted: 1:47 AM, February 5th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

There's a fairly well-known scam that's not unlike this. It's called the Inheritance Scam, I think. One of my relatives received one of the scam letters and it was quite well done, using her late husband's family name and so on. Is it possible that the people phoning you are working some slightly less illegal version of the same scam? I think I'd be very wary.

[This message edited by Cally60 at 1:48 AM, February 5th (Wednesday)]


Posts: 2182 | Registered: Mar 2009
Going_Under
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Default  Posted: 11:27 AM, February 5th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

When people call you, unsolicted, and want money do so something that you can do easily for free, it is a scam 99.9% of the time. I would say 100%, but don't want to break the generalization rule!

Our state has an unclaimed property database through the Department of Revenue website. We searched that for free for all of our family members and found and received money for my mom back in 2008. It had hit the database in 2005. This costs NOTHING.

We check periodically because companies hold their monies for different amounts of time, so things could really show up at any point.


BS 42 (Me)
FWH 45
M 23 years
Three Children ages 20, 17, and 8
D-Day 08/10/2004, 7-Year LTA that ended 4 months before D-Day.

Evil never thinks it's evil, it always has a really good reason. ~ Joan of Arcadia, TV Series


Posts: 4558 | Registered: Aug 2006 | From: Pacific Northwest
gonnabe2016
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Default  Posted: 11:37 AM, February 5th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

They don't want any money from me upfront.

They would only take a small % of any money that they actually recover.

I know that I could search through the databases of unclaimed property, but I just don't have the time to do it myself right now........and if these people are legit, it'd be worth it (to me) to let them do all the legwork for me.


"Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." - Sir Walter Scott

In my effort to be *concise*, I often come off as blunt and harsh. Sorry, don't mean to be offensive.


Posts: 8188 | Registered: Feb 2012 | From: Midwest
Going_Under
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Default  Posted: 11:42 AM, February 5th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

It took us about 5 or 10 minutes to do the search, and we looked up several people, and maybe 10 minutes to fill out the form. In order to do the form, however, we had to have my mom's Social Security number, etc. I don't know if you would want to give that out to another company. I would worry about identity theft if they or anyone who worked for them turned out not to be legit.


BS 42 (Me)
FWH 45
M 23 years
Three Children ages 20, 17, and 8
D-Day 08/10/2004, 7-Year LTA that ended 4 months before D-Day.

Evil never thinks it's evil, it always has a really good reason. ~ Joan of Arcadia, TV Series


Posts: 4558 | Registered: Aug 2006 | From: Pacific Northwest
EvenKeel
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Default  Posted: 11:53 AM, February 5th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

but I just don't have the time to do it myself right now

It is not a big time thing. I just went to the website and put in my info....poof. It was like 2 minutes.

I would definitely be skeptical of an agency.


UPDATE: The more I look - the more conflicting the searches on for this place some say scam....some say seem legit but you can do it yourself for free.

[This message edited by EvenKeel at 11:59 AM, February 5th (Wednesday)]


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Posts: 2249 | Registered: May 2009 | From: Pa
Take2
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Default  Posted: 11:53 AM, February 5th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Well, I've claimed some "unclaimed funds". Every state has a site you can search by name and with a little paperwork, if it is yours - you get it. You don't need a company to do it for you, and you'd end up having to find them the information anyway... Just search "unclaimed funds" or "lost money" and your states, or those you/your folks have lived in.

gonnabe - we're talking a glass of wine and 10 mins. Actually kind of fun. I got a surprising number of hits on my grandmother, who didn't believe in keeping all her money in one bank (depression era thinking) which really benefitted my aunt, and with mine I bought a new camera.

[This message edited by Take2 at 11:59 AM, February 5th (Wednesday)]


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Posts: 4167 | Registered: May 2009 | From: New England
Going_Under
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Default  Posted: 11:54 AM, February 5th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/22/your-money/seeking-owners-of-unclaimed-money-for-a-fee.html?_r=0

It looks like they received mixed reviews online, so hopefully you can find out more about them, the good and bad, before moving forward.

Good luck!


BS 42 (Me)
FWH 45
M 23 years
Three Children ages 20, 17, and 8
D-Day 08/10/2004, 7-Year LTA that ended 4 months before D-Day.

Evil never thinks it's evil, it always has a really good reason. ~ Joan of Arcadia, TV Series


Posts: 4558 | Registered: Aug 2006 | From: Pacific Northwest
little turtle
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Default  Posted: 1:16 PM, February 5th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

http://www.unclaimed.org/

IT'S A SIMPLE, THREE-STEP PROCESS:

Enter your name
in the online search field

If it's a match, fill out and submit
the online claim form

Receive your property or cash
and enjoy what you've discovered

Why give away money that could be yours when you could get all of it yourself? Just search your father's name and state. I'd do it for ya if I knew the info. I don't think it's as much of a scam as it is that these people are taking money from others that is easily obtainable with a simple search.

Going Under, I posted that same article!


Failure is success if we learn from it.

Posts: 4224 | Registered: Aug 2007 | From: michigan
cayc
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Default  Posted: 4:35 PM, February 5th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Ha Little Turtle, I just found that Allstate Ins owes me $60.00!


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Posts: 3158 | Registered: Dec 2008 | From: Mexico
Going_Under
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Default  Posted: 6:17 PM, February 5th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

So you did, little turtle!! Great minds...right? Okay, maybe in my case it was "not paying attention to other posts" mind!!


BS 42 (Me)
FWH 45
M 23 years
Three Children ages 20, 17, and 8
D-Day 08/10/2004, 7-Year LTA that ended 4 months before D-Day.

Evil never thinks it's evil, it always has a really good reason. ~ Joan of Arcadia, TV Series


Posts: 4558 | Registered: Aug 2006 | From: Pacific Northwest
gonnabe2016
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Default  Posted: 11:05 PM, February 5th (Wednesday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thanks, guys. And Turtle, thanks for the unclaimed.org link. That site makes it easy to check.

I tend to procrastinate doing things and don't have much patience these days, so if there are too many hoops to jump through then I typically leave the task for *tomorrow*. So spending time searching out each state's unclaimed property website and then filling in the information, and then printing a form, and then filling it out, and then having to find and make a copy of the death certificate, and then ad nauseum -- just makes me wanna grab my iPad and play CandyCrush instead.

So thank you for the website link to 'centralized' information. Very helpful

That article was also helpful. It gave me a little bit of insight into how they may have 'discovered' something and it may even be a situation that the person in the article dealt with.....as far as the company *finding* an asset that the owner's heir already knew about.

Thanks for taking the time to *inform* me


"Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." - Sir Walter Scott

In my effort to be *concise*, I often come off as blunt and harsh. Sorry, don't mean to be offensive.


Posts: 8188 | Registered: Feb 2012 | From: Midwest
peacelovetea
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Default  Posted: 12:52 PM, February 6th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hey, I found $2000 in an ooooold bank account in another state. Gotta split it with ex but hey, that's still $1000 I didn't have before!


BW, SAHM
D-Day: 6/5/09, drunken ONS on business trip, confessed immediately, transparent, remorseful but emotionally clueless
M 11 years, 3 kids
4/12 Tried to R for 3 years, have decided to D
12/31/12 D final

Posts: 542 | Registered: Nov 2009 | From: PacNW
ajsmom
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Default  Posted: 2:25 PM, February 7th (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Woo Hoo!

Upromise owes me $38.95!

That's some serious beer money!


AJ's MOM


Fidelity isn't a feeling...it's a choice.

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karmahappens
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Default  Posted: 2:37 PM, February 7th (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Um, I think everyone owes gonna a cut of their findings....

Or at least a drink!


“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”
Anaïs Nin
Me: 45
Him: 47
Dday 8/2007
We have R'd

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