Niagara Gazette — Does your palm itch? There’s an old wives’ tale that says if your palm itches you have money coming to you.
No? Well, Bob Stanek, a Niagara Falls native, can tell you for sure. Stanek is a money finder.
The 1993 Niagara Catholic graduate works for a Tonawanada company called Quantum Recovery. His job is to go into the community and find people who would like him to research and see if they have money coming from somewhere. While there are some sites on the Internet for finding money, Stanek said some are scams and cautioned users to be careful, especially if the site wants the client to send money.
Over all, money finding is a pleasant job, he says. His favorite part is handing over the big checks which are sometimes, literally, big in size and used to promote the company’s successes (see photo at right).
He took a few moments recently to answer a few questions for Gazette readers:
QUESTION: How did you get started int he money finding business?
ANSWER: A friend of mine, the co-owner of Quatum Recovery, Brian Zirnheld, was looking for someone to go out into the community and help people reclaim assets that are out there. I started setting up kiosks around the region. I’ve been at the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, all the Budwey’s Supermarkets including Newfane, Kenmore and North Tonawanda, the Broadway Market during Easter, and two or three times a week I’m at the 18th Street Community Resource Center on 18th and Linwood in Niagara Falls.
Q: How does the process work?
A: We actually invite people into our booth where we’re set up with a computer. We search our databases to see if there are any lost or abandoned funds in either that person’s name or in the name of a a relative or friend.