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You may have missing money you don't know about

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There's a free website that you can go to to see if you are owed money. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) There's a free website that you can go to to see if you are owed money. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Fenner says he came across numerous websites that claimed to have found money under his name but to get that money, he had to pay them money. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Fenner says he came across numerous websites that claimed to have found money under his name but to get that money, he had to pay them money. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
There's more than $1.3 billion dollars considered unclaimed property at the Arizona Revenue Department. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) There's more than $1.3 billion dollars considered unclaimed property at the Arizona Revenue Department. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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Finding lost money is always a good feeling. But sometimes that money is a sizable amount and you never know it’s even there unless you look in right spots. 

Eldon Fenner says these days, he has a lot of time to spend on the computer.

"We're both retired, have been for a number of years, enjoy it,” Fenner said.

And when he was surfing the web recently, he decided to go searching for some lost money.

“There's other people we've known that said, 'Hey, I forgot about this bank account or savings account', so we just got online and started typing, 'Do I have money?'" Fenner said.

Fenner says he came across numerous websites that claimed to have found money under his name but to get that money, he had to pay them money.

"It said, 'Hey, we found you this and that and there's money out there all you have to do is send $1 but you have to give me your credit card,'" Fenner said.

Even though if was just a dollar, Fenner says he didn't like the idea.

"Well, that dollar could lead to $1,000 if they get your credit card number," Fenner said. 

Fenner says he didn't know which sites were legit and he didn't want to chance it.

So, he contacted 3 On Your Side. 

"There are a lot of scams out there and Mr. Harper, he's always saying, 'Watch out for the scammers cause they'll take your money,'" Fenner said.

3 On Your Side got a hold of the Arizona Department of Revenue, which is the official agency that oversees unclaimed money and property in this state.

That property is stored in this secure vault.

“There's more than $1.3 billion dollars considered unclaimed property,” said Ed Greenberg.

Greenberg is with the Revenue Department and showed 3 On Your Side video of unclaimed items.

Many of the items were recovered from abandoned or forgotten safety deposit boxes.

Everything from jewelry, to what appears to be collectible gold coins are kept in this vault waiting to be given to their rightful owners or heirs.

Greenberg says it’s easy to see if you have unclaimed property in here, or maybe money.

And you don't have to pay a nickel to get it like Fenner was asked to do.

“I think a person should proceed with caution because they should know that to make a claim for unclaimed property or to do a national search for potential unclaimed property, those are free,” Greenberg said. 

Greenberg says Arizona and many other states work with a website called missingmoney.com.

By simply putting in your name and a state where you may have previously lived, the site will let you know if there is unknown money or unclaimed property. 

“When you look at what makes up unclaimed property, it can range from old bank accounts to safety deposit contents to uncashed checks or wages to insurance policies. There are various things that can make up unclaimed property,” said Greenberg. 

3 On Your Side showed Fenner how to do use the site. And he was happy to learn he had money in Florida.

"It's good to know we found something! Didn't cost a thing, which is good!" Fenner said.

By the way, the money we helped him find is less than a hundred dollars and it belonged to his deceased father but he's the rightful heir so after filling out some paperwork, the money will be mailed to him.

If you want to know if you have any money, go to www.missingmoney.com.

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Gary HarperGary Harper is the senior consumer and investigative reporter for 3 On Your Side at KTVK-TV.

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Gary Harper
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With more than 20 years of television experience, Gary has established himself as a leader in the industry when it comes to assisting viewers and resolving their consumer-related issues. His passion and enthusiasm have helped him earn an Emmy for Best Consumer Reporter from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He’s also garnered several Emmy nominations

He has negotiated resolutions with companies of all sizes, including some of the biggest corporations in the nation.

Gary has successfully recouped more than $1 million for viewers around the state, making 3 On Your Side one of the most popular segments on KTVK and the station's Web site.

He's best known for investigating and confronting unscrupulous contractors. In fact, many of his news reports have led to police investigations and jail time for those who were caught. Viewers, as well as the companies and people he investigates, regard him as consistently being thorough and fair.

Gary has been with KTVK-TV since 1997. Prior to his arrival in Phoenix, he worked for WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was as an anchor and reporter.

Gary is from Chicago, but launched his television career in Lubbock, Texas, after earning a broadcast journalism degree from Texas Tech University. Following his graduation, he was quickly hired by KLBK-TV in Lubbock, where he enterprised and broke numerous exclusive reports. His aggressive reporting in Texas helped garner him Best Reporter by the Associated Press.

Gary has been married since 1994 and is the proud father of two sons. When he's not helping viewers, Gary is busy catching up on his favorite college and professional football teams as well as cheering on his beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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