Throughout your life, there are likely a few instances where money that was rightfully yours slipped away. These could include forgotten checking or savings accounts, uncashed paychecks, stocks, security deposits, customer overpayments or tax refunds from the IRS.
The process of how to recover my lost funds can be difficult, but there are several options available that can help. It’s important to be patient and take the time necessary for the process.
Report the Crime
When you witness a crime or are a victim of a crime, it’s important to report it to the police. This will help the police get to the bottom of what happened and can prevent another crime from occurring.
Call 911 if it’s safe for you to do so and let the dispatcher know as much information about where the incident is taking place as possible, including any addresses. This will help the police find you and will give them a better chance of preserving evidence, such as fingerprints or hair.
Timely reporting of crime is a critical first step for reducing crime and helps law enforcement departments to more quickly identify spikes in their area and proactively address them. All New York State agencies are required to submit crime statistics to DCJS within 30 days of the end of each reporting month.
Enable Alerts on Your Bank Accounts
Bank account alerts are a quick and easy way to stay on top of your money. They can help you avoid fraud, monitor spending and set up reminders about upcoming payments.
Several banks offer alerts that are set up according to your preferences. They can include low balance alerts, high balance alerts and transaction alerts.
For example, you can set up a low balance alert that will email or text you when your checking or savings account balance drops below a certain threshold amount. Some banks allow you to choose a preferred threshold, like $20 or $500.
You can also set up a large purchase alert to notify you when an account transaction exceeds a dollar amount you have previously set. This can help you manage your budget and avoid racking up expensive overdraft fees.
Some banks also offer security alerts that let you know when critical events occur, such as when your password is changed or when your account is locked. They may also send you secure messages that are sent to your email or phone, such as when a new account holder has joined the bank.