Beware of the Deed Scam (added 4/8/2015)
A new Deed Scam is going on around the country and has made its way to Hernando County.
The scam is described in this article: http://www.realtor.com/news/beware-of-this-deed-scam/
Basically, a letter is sent to a new homeowner requesting $83.00 for a copy of the homeowner’s
property deed to be sent to them. These “bills” are being sent from what appears to be a
company in California and are a scam. They may appear with titles such as
“Deed Processing Service” or “Record Transfer Services”. Normally these documents are sent to
new home buyers for free after sale or transfer. These records are public record and are
available through the county clerk’s office should the homeowner need another copy.
The scam is disguising itself as a “service” which charges $83.00 for something you
can do yourself for free on the Hernando County Clerk of Court Website or for $1 per page at
the clerk’s office.
“Generally, if you receive a solicitation asking for more money after your closing, it isn’t legitimate. But if you aren’t sure or want more information, contact your county clerk’s office or your real estate agent.” Realtor.com
Citi Bank Scam Alert (added 3/13/2015)
Public Beware of recent information received involving Citi Bank customers.
Customers may first receive a telephone call from “Citi Bank” advising that your Citi account is past due. The call is a recorded message and asks the customer to verify the card number, along with other personal identification information.
Customers are also receiving letters from the scammer that look legitimately from Citi Bank that includes the company logo, the last five digits of your card number along with your full name and address.
The letter also indicates that the customer’s account reflects a past due status and “together we will find a solution”. A telephone number is provided. It was confirmed that the number does not belong to Citi Bank.
This is a scam! Do not call the number provided on the letter or give your account number to the recorded message. Call the telephone number on the back of your credit card, or the customer service telephone number listed on your billing statement.