07/18/2013 10:26 EDT | Updated 09/17/2013 05:12 EDT

Does a dormant bank account hold your forgotten money?

How would you like to find a pile of money lying around in a bank account you forgot about?

The Vancity credit union is encouraging its members with dormant accounts to claim them before the end of the month, or risk having the cash turned over to B.C.'s Unclaimed Property Society.

Meanwhile the Bank of Canada is holding nearly $500 million dollars in unclaimed bank balances left behind in dormant bank accounts across Canada.

If you are wondering if some of that cash is yours, reporter Lisa Johnson tells you how to find out.