The Fortune Hunters

Series in which Max Flint investigates the 15 billion pounds in unclaimed assets in the UK and asks if and how these funds are distributed to their rightful owners.

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01*2008121620090810

Max explores what happens when people die without leaving a will and their estate passes to the crown.

He talks to Wendy Pentelow, who learned from probate investigator Cat Whiteaway that her father, who she had not seen for over 20 years, had died just a few miles away from where she lives and that she was first in line to inherit his estate.

02* *2008122320090811

Max talks to a building society in north Staffordshire which turned detective and found 10,000 pounds for a local charity.

The Dormant Banks and Building Society Accounts Bill dictates that, after 15 years or dormancy, any assets that lie unclaimed in accounts can be used for charitable purposes.

03*2008123020090812

Max finds out about the millions of pounds of royalties owed to authors and musicians which lie unclaimed, often simply because of a lack of knowledge of the registration system.

Did you know that borrowing a book from your local library means that the author should receive 5.9p?

Max finds out about the millions of pounds of royalties owed to authors and musicians which lie unclaimed, often simply because of a lack of knowledge of the registration system, and discovers if and how these funds are reunited with their rightful owners.

04*2009011320090813

Max finds out how the national savings and investments tracing team locate the winners of unclaimed premium bonds prizes.

At least they have addresses to help them in their search, unlike Camelot, who run the National Lottery, who do not even have the names of winners.

Ever wondered what happened to those premium bonds you were given as a baby? It could be one of the 31 million pounds worth of unclaimed premium bond prizes.

Max discovers how the NS&I tracing team tackle the problem of locating lost winners.

At least they have an old address to start with.

By contrast, Camelot don't even have a name to help locate lost lottery prize-winners.

05 LAST2009012020090814

Max explores issues surrounding claims by former soldiers who had tax wrongly deducted from their service pensions.

He meets the man who discovered the problem which resulted in millions of pounds in tax rebates being returned to ex-servicemen, and a 91-year-old retired major who is still fighting for his money.