A few minutes ago, I searched my name at the Illinois unclaimed property website. Turns out I've got a ComED refund due. The address associated with the refund was my first apartment, shared with a girlfriend when I was a college student, decades ago.
I remember fighting with the electric company a couple of months after we moved to another apartment. Here's what I recall:
When we moved, I cancelled service and opened an account at our new address. A couple of months later, I received a bill for electric service at the old residence. I was still being charged for service after we'd moved.
It turns out when ComEd billed the landlord (a large real estate firm) for electric service after the cancellation, the management office said we were responsible.
But we moved and they know it, I protested.
I went round and round with the apartment management admitting to me that they knew we moved, but saying I didn't cancel electric service. How would they know I didn't cancel? They were billed by ComEd because I cancelled.
ComEd admitted that they initially billed the landlord (yes, because I cancelled service), but insisted their hands were tied because the landlord said that I was still responsible. On top that, I learned that someone had moved into the apartment immediately after we'd moved in, but they may not have set up electric service. They just moved in and left the charges to the landlord, who somehow decided I was responsible.
It was one of those crazy situations in which I felt that anyone with an IQ higher than a potato could look at the circumstances and surmise that I'd cancelled service. But I wasn't dealing with potatoes. I was dealing with ComEd customer service.
At some point I gave up and paid the bill because I was just starting out and didn't want to damage my credit record, and ComEd was threatening to shut off electricity at our new address if I didn't pay up.
So now, the State of Illinois says they're holding a refund due from ComEd for service at my first apartment.
I'll take it.