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Scam Alert! Scam Involving Property Deeds

August 26, 2013

Several times of the last few weeks we have received calls from frantic clients who have received an official-looking letter from “Property Transfer Services” that contains language indicating that some transfer of their property had taken place. The letter is not a bill; far from it. It’s actually a scam. These types of solicitations crop up every couple of years and often scare people into sending money to get their deeds. Something they can get for a nominal charge from the local County Recorder.

The letter reads something similar to “Property Transfer Services recommends that all California homeowners obtain a copy of their current Deed.” The cost for the service, according to the letter is $83! The letter also gives a due date.

In an attempt to get the word out to seniors in our community, please let loved ones know that they should not respond and definitely should not send payment.

As you may know, you can get information about your property through County Recorder’s office in the County where the property is located. You can also obtain a copy of the deed through the mail telephone or fax request, or in person. The fee for copies is $1-2 per page. Most deeds are 1-2 pages in length.

Here’s a sample of the scam letter: Deed Processing Scam

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