If you receive something in the mail like this – BE WARE!
We’re on a mission to put these companies out of business. They prey on unsuspecting and uninformed by ticking people into sending them hundreds of dollars. In today’s world, scams are becoming more prevalent, and it’s essential to stay vigilant to protect ourselves from falling prey to unscrupulous individuals.
Recently, a client brought a document to our office that claimed to provide a deed service. Our firm wants to inform our clients and readers that this is spam, and we advise you to ignore such offers if you receive them.
When a deed is recorded, whether it’s for the purchase of a property or a transfer into a trust, the recorded document becomes public record. Scammers take advantage of this information by scraping the digital records of county recorder websites to gain the owners name and address. Then they send notices attempting to collect money from unsuspecting individuals. Despite the warning in all capital letters that this not a government agency and that you can obtain a copy of your deed for a nominal fee, they still encourage you to let them do it for hundreds of dollars.
There are many versions of this solicitation. Most of them are pure spam, and we urge you to be cautious. If you are unsure about the legitimacy of a document, please reach out to our law firm for confirmation.
In addition to raising awareness about deed scams, we want to inform you about a legitimate homeowner’s exemption form provided by the county. This form IS used to indicate whether your property serves as your personal residence. If so, completing and submitting this form allows the county to reduce your appraised property value by $7,000 for tax purposes, resulting in approximately $75 per year of savings on your property tax bill.
At MeyerPink Law, our goal is to help you navigate the legal landscape safely and efficiently while maximizing your rights under the law. If you have any questions or concerns regarding deed scams, homeowners exemption forms, or any other related issues, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.
Stay vigilant, and let us know if we can assist you in any way!