March 26th, 2014 1:08 PM by Ron Mastrodonato
If you’ve recently purchased a home, a scam may try to trick you out of more than $80.Gitte Laasby at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently reported on scammers contacting new home buyers with a seemingly legitimate solicitation offering to send a copy of their property deed and other information for $83. Laasby discovered the scam after Graig Goldman, a real estate broker with Re/Max Lakeside Realty sent in a copy of a solicitation from a company called Record Transfer Services.
At first, the solicitation known as a “Deed Processing Notice” seems legitimate. On the copy we reviewed, the property information is included, along with county information, a compliance date, and a “helpful” tip box offering answers to “Why you need your current Grant Deed and property file.”
The problem is, you don’t need your deed. Those documents are mailed to you free after a sale or transfer. And if you need another copy, you can order one through your county clerk’s office for a few dollars. In some counties you can also order deed copies online.Read more at realtor.com