Sheriff Tim W. Guider

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Lenoir City, TN 37771

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PROPERTY DEED SCAM REPORTED

Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider and Loudon County Register of Deeds Tracie Littleton warn that a scam recently reported in Middle Tennessee could be spreading to this area. The scam pressures the victim to order a certified copy of their property deed for a fixed processing fee, ranging anywhere from $75 to $100. The letter looks quite official and is worded in such a way that convinces the victim that he must act now. Usually the homeowner receives the letter shortly after purchasing a property. Currently property owners in middle Tennessee have received letters requesting $89, with a Nashville return address, which is a rented mail box at a FedEx store on Church Street. There is no way to trace who is getting the money.

The catch with this scam is that homeowners don't need a middleman to get a certified copy of their property deeds. Property deeds are included in that packet of closing papers received from the escrow company when the property was purchased. And, even if you are missing a copy of the property deed, all it takes is a visit to the Register of Deeds office to obtain a copy. Littleton fears victims may end up with their identities stolen. "They only take checks so that means they have your personal information, router number, and checking number. So all that's going to somebody, but we have no idea who.” She adds “Most personal property information is available free on the internet, and for a minimum charge for copies at our office." Loudon County citizens with questions regarding their property deeds should contact the Register of Deeds office at 865-458-2605.

Released: Wednesday - May 9, 2012

Homeowner warms others about property info scam

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