QUEENSLANDERS! Thousands in cash refunds go begging

HUNDREDS of Queenslanders are entitled to thousands of dollars of unclaimed cheques, refunds and payouts.

New figures released in the Queensland Government Gazette reveal consumers are missing out on nearly $1.5 million in unclaimed payments from several Queensland organisations and businesses.

Among those was the Suncorp Group with more than $900,000 on their register of unclaimed moneys. The Queensland University of Technology owes about $300,000 in unclaimed student refunds while Ergon Energy Queensland holds more than $100,000 in unpresented cheques and unclaimed credit.

The unclaimed payments range from about $500 to more than $10,000.

A spokeswoman for Suncorp said customers can make a claim at their local branch.

A QUT spokeswoman encouraged students on their register to make a claim with their Unclaimed Monies Officer.

"These students made payments to QUT for various reasons and then left the University without seeking a refund," she said.

"For example, some paid deposits but never started their course, some overpaid their invoices, some enrolled in studies and then withdrew before census date and so forth."

The spokeswoman said the funds will be moved to the Public Trustee after two years.

The Auto and General Insurance Company has also advertised more than $20,000 worth of unclaimed general insurance claim payments and refunds in the Gazette and has urged consumers to contact their call centre in order to make a claim.

News Corp Australia

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