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Call to find missing money

A virtual call event is planned to help Suffolk residents make sure they have the money owed to them.

The Suffolk City Treasurer, Ronald Williams, is partnering with the Virginia Department of the Treasury’s Division of Unclaimed Property to help Suffolk residents find if they have any owed money that could be hiding.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 17 and 18, Suffolk residents can call the Division of Unclaimed Property at 1-833-302-0704 to determine if they have any unclaimed money. This event is a particular time that Williams set up for Suffolk citizens to be personally assisted in finding their missing money.

“I know there are many people who are facing financial hardships through no fault of their own right now, and I wanted to make them aware of this great opportunity,” said Williams. “This program has returned hundreds of thousands of dollars to Suffolk citizens that they were unaware they were owed.”

According to the Virginia Department of the Treasury, one in four Virginians has money owed to them, with a total balance of more than $1 billion dollars across the state.

“Unpaid wages, security deposits, insurance policies, utility deposits, and refunds, or even old, forgotten-about bank accounts are oftentimes the source of the unclaimed property,” said Andrew Owen, the deputy treasurer of the City of Suffolk.

In past years, Williams has hosted in-person events to help Suffolk residents find their missing money. Due to COVID-19, this year, the event is over the phone but just as efficient.

“I have had them out at the Peanut Fest many times over the years, and the events have been wildly successful,” said Williams. “Last spring, I hosted them at City Hall and the North Suffolk Library for citizens to search for unclaimed property.”

There is no risk, cost or obligation. Call during the reserved times for Suffolk or visit vamoneysearch.org at any time.