Assistant Police Chief Richard Cantu said Thursday that a couple came to his office and gave him a letter apparently sent to them by a record transfer service located in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Inside the envelope, the couple found what was identified as a “deed processing notice” recommending that all property owners obtain a copy of their current “grant deed.”
The notice contained the owner’s name and address, the square footage of the house, the year the home was built and some other information.
“They took it to the courthouse, and they were told it was a scam,” Cantu said.
Cantu said he expects the letters were intended to especially target elderly property owners because they are less likely to discard the notice.
But that is exactly what property owners should do with the letter.
The notice asked the property owner to detach a portion of the notice and return it in an enclosed envelope along with a processing fee of $83.
That is a pretty hefty fee.
The letter said the property owner would receive a copy of his or her deed within 21 business days.
The letter did clarify that the company which sent it is not affiliated with the county in which the deed is filed and that it is not affiliated with any government agency.
That is enough for the property owner to see a red flag.
“Just throw the letter away,” Cantu said.