Uncovering The Truth About Lost Money. In 1999, the Montel Williams show aired a presentation about lost money. At first I thought that the subject of the show was money that someone previously had literally lost. The subject could have been funds squandered either through gambling or bad investments. Though, the show was about funds that many of us have and we simply don't know that we have it. Chat show host Oprah Winfrey also had an interesting show on the topic of lost money. Oprah proved that people are not conscious of the missing funds by uniting seventy-thousand dollars in lost money to audience members. These audience members were pleasantly surprised to have the funds that were rightfully theirs. Further she went on to explain that hundreds of millions of dollars go unclaimed each year. A great number of Americans have unclaimed property, or lost money, floating around in federal and state accounts. The unclaimed money or property alone has reached in excess of forty billion dollars in these institutions. Here's the interesting part. Nearly over five-hundred billion dollars are held up in both private and public corporations. These staggering numbers are due to the simple fact that people are not even aware about their lost money. A rough estimate of seven out of ten people has unclaimed property or funds locked away somewhere without even knowing about it. Of all odds, you might be just one of those people. The question is whether Montel Williams or Oprah Winfrey will have repeat shows on the topic of lost money but it doesn't seem likely. Unfortunately Oprah Winfrey and Montel Williams don't have quite enough time to find lost money for people across the United States. Of course, it may be in your best interest to take matters into your own hands by doing a little research for your self. Your first step would be finding out about your heritage could. Additionally there are also several web sites that offer information on the subject of finding lost money as well. As always, it is best to be wary of scams when it comes to personal finances and personal information. One must always avoid divulging too much information to an unsecured party. In case someone asks for your date of birth, your social security number and your mother's maiden name, a red flag should go up. Furthermore, you never want to provide information about your personal bank account and you definitely don't want to make an investment on your search. If the money is yours, you should be able to find it without doling out a lot of cash in the process.