You would think that we would just run out of things lazy people can use to scam the rest of us but it just isn’t so. A client walked into our office this week with a notice from the National Record Service. The business claimed that they should get a Certified Copy of their Deed as evidence that their property was transferred to them for the low, low price of $69.50.
The Better Business Bureau rates them at F with 136 complaints and failing to respond to complaints. Homebuyers don’t need a copy of the deed. They’ll receive the original for free as part of the regular real estate transaction. The register of deeds office automatically mails the original back to the homeowner once the transaction has been recorded. Anyone who wants another copy of their deed can get one for a few dollars at their county register of deeds office. There’s actually a notice on the letter that says in All Caps and in a slightly larger font that the rest of the document that “MANY GOVERNMENT RECORDS ARE AVAILABLE FREE OR AT A NOMINAL COST FROM GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.”
Anyone over the age of 65 is automatically bombarded by messages from people looking to separate you from your money. That means that if you belong to that age group, you must increase your vigilance against thieves. If you receive anything unsolicited (by phone, e-mail, regular mail, or the guy at your door, you should be suspicious of ANY plan, idea, scheme, business deal, or any proposition that requires you to provide your money on short notice.