June 06, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Money may not grow on trees, but it may be burgeoning in some bureaucrat’s escrow account — and you can find it with the help of this simple site, a division of the Georgia-based CheckFree Corp. Search state and corporate records by business name, family name, or Social Security number; MissingMoney.com will search through info from 18 states (eight more will join ”very soon,” with the database eventually blanketing the nation). Of the billions of dollars’ worth of unclaimed property out there — insurance judgments, bequests, forgotten bank accounts — a small fraction just might have your name (or number) on it.

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