Local Records Office Reviews - Local Records Office Scam or Legit

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Samantha – Feb 07, 2021

Victim Location 92620

Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

My mother passed away and somehow they got information about her property with house not on market for sale. Want money to get copy of "profile" about title and property. Total scam as you get any title changes from state. Must look at part "not associated with any government agency"

Francisco – Jan 27, 2021

Victim Location 94110

Type of a scam Government Agency Imposter

Received "official" looking letter in the mail that contained accurate property information for given address. Name of company "Local Records Office" has vaguely sounding government connotations. The notice urgently requests response by specific near future date. Form is legal sized with detachable payment coupon and return envelope. The "service" they provide amounts to nothing since it offers to make sure your property information is in the public record which since they sent you the solicitation means they searched the public records already and found the information in the public realm. Fine print states that this is a solicitation bu since it is fine print in official looking font I suspect that it is down with not the best intent. The design of the form means to gain confidence by looking on the surface to be official government business but the content when read gives one doubt.

Cameron – Jan 11, 2021

Victim Location 11714

Total money lost $89

Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

I received a letter in the mail from the "local records office" in Albany, NY after I purchased my home. It requested a check of $89 to receive a copy of the deed to my house. The check was cashed in October and it’s January now and I have yet to receive any documents. I called on December 16th and was told it was going to be mailed out at the end of that week (due to delays as a result of the pandemic). The girl on the phone sounded like a teenager, to be honest. I should have known better! Sure enough, I googled this letter and it has scam written all over it. They stole my money! Do not fall for it even though the letter looks official!!

Justin – Jan 08, 2021

Victim Location 32708

Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

This business sent what looked like a very formal bill. The wording is such to confuse people to think they owe them $95.00 for a copy of a record (which is a public record).

Samuel – Nov 13, 2020

Victim Location 32810

Type of a scam Phishing

After buying a new home, I have received several letters from this company saying they can get a copy of my deed for money. I already have a copy, and can get a spare if it was needed from a local clerk for just the price of print. They are scamming people that are new to home ownership with a piece of paper they already have by trying to charge an exuberant amount for it, if they even send you what they say in the first place (I obviously did not respond to them)

Alexander – Nov 08, 2020

Victim Location 92407

Type of a scam Phishing

Letter set asking for $85 for property records

Nicholas – Oct 19, 2020

Victim Location 92058

Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

I recently bought a house in Oceanside, CA. I received a letter from this business in Los Angeles stating to send $89 to obtain "a copy of the only document that identifies *me* as the property owner". In other words a copy of my deed. Upon looking up the address it’s in a random little building next to a 7-Eleven. Not what I was expecting. So I went to the county website to get a copy of my deed and it’s about $3 directly through the county. This is a scam and not a reputable business and needs to be shut down immediately!

Sierra – Oct 13, 2020

Victim Location 95726

Type of a scam Government Agency Imposter

I am a new homeowner and this company sent an official looking "bill" for $89 for the "only document that identifies you as a property owner usually called a deed". Funny, I have the new deed in my file! They try scare tactics to get you to send money.

Stephanie – Mar 21, 2020

Victim Location 46201

Type of a scam Other

This organization has covered their bases legally by putting disclaimers on this notice, but everything about it is made to look like a bill coming from a government related organization. Everything that they send you is publicly available information that can be obtained either free or for a couple of dollars from public information sources. There is a ton of information on this bill and I am sure that they are hoping that people will skip over some of the disclaimers, by flooding you with information.

Samuel –

Victim Location 14477

Total money lost $89

Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

Received what appeared to be a legitimate invoice from Local Records Office charging $89.00 stating they provide a copy of the "only document" that identifies me as the property owner. This came shortly after my deed was filed at the County Clerks office. Unfortunately I sent them $89.00. A short time after that I also received a duplicate of this letter but now from "Records Recovery Services". This time the invoice is for $87.00. I have not received any documents from them and would like a return of my $89.00.

Gina –

Victim Location 95128

Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order

Received an official looking letter from an official sounding business for obtaining a copy of our property deed. We recently transferred our property into a trust and were expecting to get the deed in the mail, so at first we assumed it was our deed. Did not recognize this letter as an offer of service to obtain our deed. Envelope has two warnings that scare you to respond promptly. Upon reading the enclosed letter closely it is clearer that something is not right. It is not initially clear that this business is merely offering a service. Very misleading and alarming! Also, envelope return address different from that listed at top of letter!

Maurice –

Victim Location 32068

Total money lost $95

Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

I Received a service request for a copy of my home deed and or title. Cost associated was $95.00 which I paid and my realtor confirmed this agency is fraudulent. I request to report this service and company is a scam. I would like my funds to returned in full.

Reginald –

Victim Location 55406

Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

Received a letter, considered paying but after further review did not. Misleading approach.

Nikki –

Victim Location 55103

Type of a scam Other

I recently purchased a home and just received a mailing from the "Local Records Office" that at first glance looks official (on purpose), but upon closer inspection is clearly a scam to solicit payment from unsuspecting homeowners for an unnecessary copy of their deed and "property profile" from this company — for $89. There’s obligatory text says that this isn’t associated with any government agency, probably to keep them from getting shut down, but the whole thing is clearly designed to make people think it’s an official thing and another thing they need to pay to make their recent home purchase all official.

I googled this scam, and saw that it has been going on since at least 2012, with apparently nothing being done to stop them. The fact that this has been going on so long tells me that this scam is successful at tricking homeowners and getting money out of them. Do not give them money.

Richard –

Victim Location 81005

Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

A few days ago I received mail from Property Profile, which is the same scam as Local Records Office. I called Property Profile and asked them questions. The more information I debunked, the angrier the representative became. I was unable to reach anyone from Local Records Office. They also have an 800 number and also run their business through a PO box.

Allen –

Victim Location 94513

Type of a scam Phishing

We recently transferred the deed of our home into our Living Trust. We did this thru an attorney. We have already completed this process and paid all fees required for this.

This solicitation gives the impression that in order to complete the process and to receive a copy of our new deed we need to send them $**. It is looks very much like a bill from the county.

This could easily be misunderstood by many, especially the elderly.

Ramon –

Victim Location 19147

Type of a scam Phishing

Official looking letter from “local records office” purporting to be the only office able to provide copy of deed on recently purchased home

Tiffany –

Victim Location 91775

Type of a scam Counterfeit Product

This company states that the "LOCAL RECORDS OFFICE" provides a copy of the ‘ONLY’ document that identifies me as the new property owner for the title on my house. { not true…I completed this with my escrow } Has a perfect looking bill for $*** due and response . I almost paid this thinking it was something extra I needed for legal purposes. It also has another address to send checks. LOCAL RECORDS PO BOX 509 Norwalk Ca 90651. I do not think many people will realize this is false and not a real bill. Thank you.

Brianna –

Victim Location 56353

Type of a scam Moving

Envelope stated "Important Property Information Respond Promptly" and "WARNING: $2,000 Fine, 5 years Imprisonment or both for any person interfering or obstructing with delivery of this letter"

Envelope Address on upper left corner:

LOCAL RECORDS OFFICE

1043 Grand Ave #251

Saint Paul, MN 55105

Letter inside was asking for $89 for a copy of a deed in regards to a recently purchased property. Letter had all the correct info on the property – legal address, sale amount, property assessed value, parcel id, etc. It really looks legitimate.

Thankfully I work at a financial institution and knew it was absolutely not necessary, but the general pubic could easily be fooled into believing this was important to do.

Antonio –

Victim Location 43214

Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

I received a form that appeared to be an invoice/Service Fee of $89.00 for processing a deed.

Autumn –

Victim Location 55368

Type of a scam Counterfeit Product

The mail piece has”important property information respond promptly”. And “$2000 fine, 5 years imprisonment or both for any person interfering or obstructing with delivery of this letter US Mail TTT.18 SEC 1702 US Code”. “This is not a government document”. The enclosed document appears to be a bill for your property title. This arrived within 2 weeks of closing on purchased property.

Whitney –

Victim Location 55024

Type of a scam Other

They want $89 from you for a house deed. The address is a strip mall address and can’t find the business anywhere. This was the same scam that was in the news in 2013.

Clinton –

Victim Location 19426

Type of a scam Phishing

Received a solicitation letter in the mail about a month after purchasing our home aimed only at the female homeowner and not the male homeowner. The letter formatting as well as outer envelope appearance look as if an official government type of documents as well as appearing like a bill. The top even states in bold lettering with large font to Please Respond By 7/31/17 and the bottom has a ‘coupon’ to detach and mail with check.

Repeatedly notes that it is not a governmental agency or that the service is not associated with any governmental agency (if you fully read everything).

It is a solicitation and even states so if you fully read all of the documentation. It is requesting payment for ‘a complete property profile and an additional copy of the only document that identifies you as a property owner usually called deed, please detach coupon and return with an $89 processing fee in the envelope provided. You will receive your documents and report within 21 business days.’

When you look up the ‘address’, it is a box at a UPS store in a shopping center in the area of the state’s capital.

Mitchell –

Victim Location 43040

Type of a scam Counterfeit Product

Received letter soliciting and $89.00 fee for allegedly providing "the only document that identified [me] as a property owner" of the real property at 245 W. 7th Street, Marysville, OH.

Bruce –

Victim Location 95207

Total money lost $89

Type of a scam Moving

January 26, 2017 Thursday

About five months ago I purchased a new condo located at *** *** *** *** *** ** and relocated to it. Around the end of December 2016 I received a important document in the postal mail from this company stating that I owed $89.00 for a property report. It had a copy of the deed to my property stating that I was the owner and it also stated that my cousin *** *** *** was the co-owner of my property. It had what looked like a copy of the deed to my condo on the document and it stated that it was connected to my living trust.I paid the $89.00 but I put a stop payment on the check at my bank realizing that this did not seem right—it seemed like fraud. However according to my financial advisor the check was cashed anyway. Normally a check that had a stop payment put on it does not go through but somehow this check went through. Today I received from this company in the postal service a Property Report the disclaimer states that this office is not affiliated with any state or county records but that it is an analysis and retrieval firm that uses multiple resources that provide supporting values,deeds,and evidence that is used to execute property reports and deliver requested deed. This company is a scam. And I would like to report this to the ScamPulse.com.I cannot send you a copy of the $89.00 because my bank is investigating that.But I am going to send you pictures of the property report as an attachment PDF file with this email. I would like to have someone from your office please contact me at my home cellular telephone number ***.I would like to have this company fined for their fraudulent activities……Thank You *** ***

Kathleen –

Victim Location 80525

Total money lost $89

Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

IMPERSONATING A GOVERNMENT OFFICE REQUIRING A FEE FOR DEED PROCESSING

Derrick –

Victim Location 80021

Type of a scam Fake Invoice/Supplier Bill

This company says they are provided a service supplying customers who recently bought a home with the "only" records that indicate ownership of the property and send and invoice for $89.00 with a due date. Anyone who has purchased a home would have all of these documents as would the lender and the title company. These people are looking to take advantage of people for records that they already have sending them an invoice with a deadline. Shut them down.

Kellie –

Victim Location 40508

Type of a scam Other

Mail received in envelope made to appear "official," soliciting the recipient to pay $89.00 to obtain a copy of the deed on a new house, failing to tell the recipient that one can obtain such a deed from the County Clerk for a couple of dollars at most. It exhorts the recipient to "respond by 09/01/2016." It says that "This offer is not to be interpreted as bill due"; however, it looks just like that and could fool many individuals.

I don’t know if this is an illegal scam (I’ll leave that to you to tell me), but it is sleazy in the extreme.

Ronnie –

Victim Location 60137

Type of a scam Counterfeit Product

I am a new homeowner and have received two notices from "Local Records Office" trying to sell me a copy of my deed for $89. Of course, I received the deed from the county (either for free or for a fee I paid at closing).

Stefanie –

Victim Location 80220

Type of a scam Identity Theft

https://www.reddit.com/r/Denver/comments/1alorh/real_estate_scam_warning/

received two similar letters today at my denver address and wanted you to be aware that the scam is still around!!!!

Nathaniel –

Victim Location 80031

Type of a scam Identity Theft

This outfit sends out letters after a sale of a home with a bill of $89 for a recently recorded transfer of property. It is very easy to assume this is the county’s public records office billing for the recording of the transfer. The letter is very misleading. Considering this information is publicly available for 25cents per page at the county, less informed people may well assume this is a necessary county fee.

Nikki –

Victim Location 80126

Type of a scam Identity Theft

Local Records Office sent me an "official" looking letter that claims it "provides a copy of the only document that identifies me ( my name written) as the property owner of my address (written in). The "Douglas Public Information" section, (not Douglas County) had incorrect information, ie, the Assessed Value was wrong. Local Records requested a fee of $89 to be paid by 6/6/2016.

Thankfully, I had just read an article in my AARP magazine about such a fraud, or a "service" that is NOT advisable since property records can be attained at the County Clerk’s Office for a few bucks.

I assume that Local Records Office got my name and property information after I recently bought a mountain home in April. I have never written to ScamPulse.com before, but this company fries me! As a widow, never purchasing a home on her own before, I could have fallen for this $89 copy of the deed. They should be shut down!!!

Thanks,

Kelsey –

Victim Location 46805

Type of a scam Other

Recently just buying a home thought I had everything squared away took care of all the paperwork I needed to. then I got this in the mail and it was saying I had to pay another $89 to get my deed To my house!I knew something wasn’t right because my lawyer didn’t tell me anything about this and I already had what I thought was my deed so I looked it up and looked in the fine print and it’s just a scam don’t want anybody else to fall victim to this because When i first recived this i almost paid the money

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