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Old 08-22-2008, 03:12 PM   #1
 
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In 2000, my ex-husband and I sold the home we owned together. I was just contacted by someone who says I have money coming back to me from the sale of the home, and "the government" has my money. It is apparently some federal agency, but this person won't tell me what agency it is because she wants a finder's fee.

Anyone have a guess about what agency would have the money? If I can find it, I can put in the paperwork for the reimbursment myself. Or, if this is a scam, let me know that too. The person does not want my SSN or anything like that. I suppose I could the state attorney general's office and find out if this is some sort of scam. TIA!
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Old 08-22-2008, 04:44 PM   #2
 
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If they want a finder's fee, I think it's definitely a scam. You should never have to pay anyone to reclaim what's rightfully yours. However, there are legitimate ways to find out if you have unclaimed money somewhere.

You live in Iowa, right? Most states have a way for you to find missing money through their treasury departments. Here is Iowa's, via www.unclaimed.org. And here are a couple of other legitimate sites:

http://www.missingmoney.com/
http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics
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Sounds fishy. Under some circumstances a person might have to pay capital gains taxes when they sell a home. But that's income tax. If too much tax was paid in error, the IRS contacts you to tell you. I can't think of any other reason any goverment agency would owe you any money.
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If they want a finder's fee, I think it's definitely a scam. You should never have to pay anyone to reclaim what's rightfully yours. However, there are legitimate ways to find out if you have unclaimed money somewhere.

You live in Iowa, right? Most states have a way for you to find missing money through their treasury departments. Here is Iowa's, via www.unclaimed.org. And here are a couple of other legitimate sites:

http://www.missingmoney.com/
http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics
I found it! Thanks, Tantrum! Woo hoo! The refund is for pre-paid mortgage insurance. Unfortunately, the statute of limitations appears to have run, so they government isn't obligated to pay me back. No wonder it didn't try very hard to find me. Ironically enough, they found me when they wanted to call me up for active duty when my IRR was almost up.
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Ironically enough, they found me when they wanted to call me up for active duty when my IRR was almost up.
Whaaat? I didn't know you were a vet!
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Ironically enough, they found me when they wanted to call me up for active duty when my IRR was almost up.
Whaaat? I didn't know you were a vet!
I was only in the National Guard for three years, so I'm not really a vet, but yes I was in the military. You were active duty right? Which branch?
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Oh, you're a veteran all right. Don't sell yourself short, three years is a long time . I was in the Marine Corps for five years.
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The Marine Corps? Wow. That's impressive. Where were you stationed? My enlistment occurred between the two gulf wars, so I was never sent anywhere.
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I was in sunny southern California for just about the whole time, except for a short stint in Iraq (I joined pre-9/11 and never saw the war coming). I miss the money but I'm glad to be out...just finished my IRR time three weeks ago!
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