Scam letters offer help with property deeds

By The Tri-City HeraldAugust 13, 2013 

Some Tri-Citians have been receiving letters offering to provide them with their property deed information for $89.

The Better Business Bureau and the Washington State Attorney General's Office have issued warnings about this offer from a company called Local Records Office, which uses an Olympia address.

Property deed information is available at a much lower cost from local governments, such as the county auditor's office, according to the AG's office.

The letters target residents shortly after they finish a transfer or property sale that is identified in the offer, trying to take advantage of those who do not realize that they already have a copy of the deed or can get a copy from the county.

The letters are deceptive and appear to be from a government agency, according to the release. The letters may cite state or federal laws and instruct consumers to respond quickly.

Those who have paid money to a private company after receiving a letter like the ones described should call the Consumer Resource Center at 1-800-551-4636 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. or file a complaint with the BBB at http://spokane.bbb.org/consumers/.

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