INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — You may need seen it within the mail. An official trying letter asking you for cash to certify that you’re the precise proprietor of your private home. Don’t observe the directions on the letter. It’s a rip-off.
When Mabel Shapiro noticed the letter in her mailbox, she initially thought it got here from the state. It had a Jefferson Metropolis, Missouri return tackle and the envelope appeared official.
It was a letter from Information Restoration Companies asking her to ship $87 for a duplicate of her deed, validating that her residence was truly owned by her. Shapiro was instantly suspicious.
“I assumed they had been attempting to steal my home if I don’t pay what they wished,” she stated.
As an alternative of sending the cash, Shaprio paid a go to to the Jackson County Recorder of Deed’s workplace in Missouri and confirmed them the letter.
“They checked out it and stated ‘Oh yeah, that’s a rip-off. Name the FBI,’” she stated she was instructed.
Shapiro referred to as the FBI and FOX4 Drawback Solvers.
Letters an identical to the one she obtained have been mailed to householders throughout the nation. A fast Google search confirmed warnings from county officers in a number of states telling individuals to not ship any cash to Information Restoration Companies.
The corporate, which supposedly has an workplace in Jefferson Metropolis, Missouri, was not registered with the Missouri Secretary of State’s Workplace. Plus its places of work in different states, virtually at all times in state capitals, typically monitor again to a submit workplace field.
The letter Shapiro obtained contained a number of disclaimers stating that it isn’t a authorities company, however in case you don’t learn the letter fastidiously, you might miss them.
FOX4 Drawback Solvers tried calling the cellphone quantity listed for Information Restoration Companies throughout regular enterprise hours and listened to a generic message telling us to go away our title and cellphone quantity. The message by no means even talked about the title of the corporate.
Right here’s the deal, nobody must spend $87 for a duplicate of a deed. All it’s good to do is contact your county authorities and request one.
On the Recorder of Deed’s workplace in Jackson County, a deed will price you between $2 to $3, relying on the variety of pages.
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