WICHITA FALLS - A scam letter might be making its way to your mailbox, masking itself as a bill from the U.S. government. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) issued the following scam alert:
Deed Retrieval Department, the company that also does business as Deed Retrieval Services and Record Retrieval Department, has been sending North Texas homeowners letters that appear to be a bill for $87 from the U.S. government for a property deed.
Despite the fact that it looks official, it's not a bill nor is it from the U.S. government.
The letter says, "Why do we believe you need a copy of your current Grant Deed and Property Profile? State Record Regulation Department recommends that all U.S. homeowners obtain a copy of their current Grant Deed." At the bottom, the letter states that the "product or service is not endorsed by any government agency."
The BBB believes consumers may overlook this fine print.
"In most cases, homeowners don't even need a copy of the deed to their home," said BBB President Monica Horton. "And if you want a copy, we advise against paying $87 to this firm or any other when you can get one for a fraction of that price from your local County Clerk's or Register of Deed's office."
Letters from Deed Retrieval Department list an address in Austin, TX - which is a probably a mail drop. The company, operating under different names, also claims additional addresses all over the United States most of which are UPS stores. It's likely that mail sent to any of these boxes is forwarded out of state.
The BBB has concerns regarding this company and their marketing tactics.
Consumers who receive questionable offers or have concerns about mailings that appear to be official or have governmental ties, are encouraged to contact the BBB at 940-691-1172.