Tracing lost money

A man going through old financial documents.

Millions of pounds lie unclaimed in ‘forgotten’ accounts, while its owners are unaware that this money is waiting for them to collect.

Could this be you?

If you’ve changed address or your name, you might have lost touch with bank or building society accounts, shares or premium bonds. Childhood accounts or saving plans can easily be forgotten after marriage, divorce or bereavement, and people can even lose track of their insurance policies and pension plans.

Don’t lose out!

Find out how you can trace any lost money or assets you may have, and where you can go to claim them.

opens link in new window Download our free factsheet on Tracing Lost Money (PDF 208KB)

Watch the video below for advice from our Age UK expert on where to go for information and how to complete the forms. Plus you can hear how easy it was for Ian from London to claim lost premium bonds.

View a transcript of this video

Success Stories

David from Salisbury used the Tracing Lost Money Guide to track down premium bonds he had bought ‘yonks ago’, but couldn’t remember how many:

'It turned out I actually held £900 in Premium Bond. I had also won four prizes worth a total of £200.'



Tips to keep track of your money

  • Make a list of all the accounts and policies that you use now
  • Keep the details safe, but make sure someone you trust knows where they are, so they won't be forgotten if you become ill, or perhaps die, this will prevent more money joining the unclaimed total.
  • Age UK has produced the Lifebook, a handy booklet where you can keep useful information in one place. For your free copy, please call 0845 685 1061.

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