Can lost Savings Bonds be found by Social Security Number?

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005
Categorized as: Yesterday's News (old post archive)

If I lost a Savings Bond, can it be found by my Social Security Number?

Tom’s Response

Your name, address, and social security number are all that’s typically needed to identify a lost Savings Bond.

However, if the bond was a gift to you, you should be aware that there’s a chance that the Social Security Number on the bond belongs to the person who gave you the gift, rather than to you.

Click here for more information on recovering lost US Savings Bonds.

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On July 14th, 2006 Gerald S Andrews said:

I have about 30 Savings Bonds. I do NOT know if they are lost or even if I cashed then in about 5 or 6 years ago. I have the serial numbers of some of the bonds but not all. I’d like a non-complicated way of finding out if the were cashed or not. Thank you.

On July 14th, 2006 Tom Adams said:

Gerald – there are two other posts on this site that you’ll find helpful:

On August 1st, 2006 pamela williams said:

My deceased husband said he had bonds that were lost while in the military. How can I obtain information about this situation

On August 1st, 2006 Tom Adams said:

Pamela – you would follow the same procedure as anyone else, but you would also include a copy of your husband’s death certificate with your request.

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