by: Linda wagar, Nexstar Media Wire
Posted: Apr 24, 2021 7:00 AM HST
Updated: April 23, 2021 / 1:39 p.m. HST
INDEPENDENCE, Mon – You may have seen it in the mail. An official looking letter asking for money to confirm that you are the actual owner of your home. Do not follow the instructions on the letter. It’s a scam.
When Mabel Shapiro saw the letter in her mailbox, she thought at first that it was from the state. It had a return address from Jefferson City, Missouri, and the envelope officially appeared.
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It was a letter from Records Recovery Services asking her to send $ 87 for a copy of her deed to confirm that she actually owned her home. Shapiro was immediately suspicious.
“I thought they were going to steal my house if I didn’t pay what they wanted,” she said.
Instead of sending the money, Shaprio went to the Jackson County Recorder of Deed office in Missouri and showed them the letter.
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“They looked at it and said, ‘Oh yeah, this is a scam. Call the FBI, ”she said.
Shapiro called the FBI and FOX4 problem solvers.
Letters identical to those she received have been sent to homeowners across the country. A quick Google search showed warnings from county officials in several states telling people not to send money to Records Recovery Services.
The company, which allegedly has an office in Jefferson City, Missouri, was not registered with the Missouri Secretary of State. In addition, offices in other states, almost always in the state capitals, often go back to a PO Box.
The letter Shapiro received contained several disclaimers indicating that it is not a government agency. However, if you don’t read the letter carefully, you may miss it.
FOX4 problem solvers attempted to call the phone number provided for Records Recovery Services during normal business hours and intercepted a general message asking us to leave our name and phone number. The message didn’t even mention the company’s name.
Here’s the deal, no one has to spend $ 87 on a copy of a deed. All you have to do is contact your district government and request one.
At the Recorder of Deed’s Jackson County office, a certificate costs anywhere from $ 2 to $ 3, depending on the number of pages.