I had a strange situation. I kept getting letters address to the previous resident, who I know had died.
I went to the CA unclaimed property site, and found there were thousands of dollars there. I started Googling, and found the obituary for his brother in San Diego. The obit listed the man's surviving daughters, and i ended up calling one.
She told me the name of her cousin, who was the son of the man who lived here previously. I invested a couple of bucks in one of those "find them" sites, and got his e-mail address. I sent him an e-mail, saying I am not selling anything, but just want him to get the money. I gave him the reference numbers of the unclaimed property, as well as my phone number.
It turned out his dad had married three times, and he had a stepsister.
At that point, I backed out of any further contact, as he will have to figure out what to do.
Retired Jan 2009 Have not looked back.
AA 60/35/5 considering SS and pensions a SP annuity
WR 2% with 2SS & 2 Pensions