In the 17th century, the term “commonwealth” referred to an organized political community, or what today is called a “state.” Four states in our Union—Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Virginia—are still officially called commonwealths. When they joined the United States, they chose to keep the old form instead of using “state” as their title.
This is how it all started on Facebook the other day, a young man named “Paul Thompson” not to be confused with this Paul Thompson, sent me a msg that I might have a claim against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for unclaimed money they might have, belonging to me. In the form of an unclaimed bank account, when I left the commonwealth in 1964 to join the Navy the amount they might hold could not amount to very much even with accumulated interest.
So I pointed out to the younger (Non-related) Paul Thompson that if we all claimed the money and drained the fund who would hire all the laid off Mass Treasury employees working for Treasurer of the State of Massachusetts Deborah B. Goldberg!
There was a huge blizzard hit last week in Boston, oh my, what will they do when the power goes out, maybe those reassigned Treasury folks can drive around the commonwealth collecting taxes on the legal pot.
Then I investigated more and found this on the commonwealths official website;
UNCLAIMED PROPERTY SCAM ALERT
Illegitimate letters from a Massachusetts address (I did wonder if people were receiving letters from the other 49 states are being sent to the state’s citizens claiming “unclaimed property winnings.” I recommend we all ignore them These letters are not being sent by the Massachusetts Office of the State Treasurer (Not the commonwealth Treasure?), or, could the real scam be that they are looking for me the guy who never paid a penny into the commonwealths taxes in the last 53 years, a tricky person like Deborah B. Goldberg, who might be running a scam to get those back taxes.
I’ll work to keep my name off any paper work that will connect my name and the place named after an Algonquian tribe, “Massachusetts”, which translates to something along the lines of “people of the great hill!. We tricked the Algonquian Tribe by inviting them to dine with pilgrims and then stole their land and left Plymouth Rock as payment. After they gave us Turkeys and a breed of Chickens called Plymouth Rock Chickens, which all the puritans did was name the dumb birds?
When I worked in California I had to invoke a law passed by Harry S. Truman called the Soldiers‘ and Sailors‘ Civil Relief Act (SSCRA of 1947) which smited the greedy California lawmakers for years as they have tried to tax non-residents of their state since WW-II. Even as a merchant seaman, who was living in the Philippines My name was on nothing in California so again I was exempt from their taxes but OH did they try. After I retired they tried once more, I told them to extradite me from the Philippines, and sue me, because I’m not coming there on, my dime. Maybe we should all claim. Alaska they have no state tax and they give you money every year! California being just like Massachusetts stole their land from another group of indigenous people and never even gave them a niftily copy of a Plymouth Rock. So trust your government and know they mean well whenever they offer you a good deal.