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Beware phony bills for your property deeds

Posted by: Alejandra Matos under Buyer beware, Scams Updated: September 13, 2013 - 3:20 PM

Homeowners across the state continue to received "bills" of upward of $90 for a copy of their property deeds. On Friday, Attorney General Lori Swanson's warned consumers not to fall for the scam.

The bills typically ask for the payment for a copy of a real estate deed or property profile, but homeowners can receive a copy of their deed when purchasing a home. If homeowners need to obtain another copy, they can get it for $10 from their county offices. 

Swanson's warning said the "US Recorder's Office" is one entity sending bills.

A New Hope resident sent Whistleblower a copy of a bill that supposedly came from something called the "Local Records Office" on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul, which is likely the address of a UPS store. The letter came with a detachable slip to be sent with the payment and a disclaimer telling homeowners they could obtain a deed from the county recorder.   

To see Swanson's full warning, click here. 

    

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