Indiana is not a "Finder-friendly" State. Just look at this information from the Indiana Unclaimed Property Website (emphasis added):
What is a finder?
Locator, finder, tracer, heirfinder, collector, investigator, researcher, broker -- regardless of the name, these individuals seek out owners of unclaimed property in Indiana and other states. Being a finder is legal, but consumers should know that finders, in essence, provide this service for a fee. This fee is regulated by state law. In Indiana, finders may charge up to 10 percent of the amount Indiana holds for you, simply for putting you in touch with your lost assets. However, some finders may operate a bit differently, mailing postcards and letters asking for fees up front. In most cases, after paying these up front fees the citizen will receive a list of the state's Unclaimed Property offices or a form to be completed and mailed to the Unclaimed Property office.
Do I need a finder to get my unclaimed property?
No -- this is a free service of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. You can search the Indiana Unclaimed Property database and the databases of any other states you have lived in free of charge. You may pay unnecessary fees and up front charges to finders -- often for the same information available through our online search.
Added: Mon Jun 19 2006
Last Modified: Mon Jul 10 2006