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SENIOR SCAMS

                       

I have had clients bring in letters from companies that offer to sell them a copy of the deed for their home for $89.00.  These letters look very official.  Multiple businesses send these letters, including Property Transfer Services, Record Transfer Services, Conveyance Transfer Services, Record Retrieval Department, and National Deed Service.  I have found that this offer letter is sent after a transfer of ownership occurs or a new deed is recorded with the County Clerk & Recorder.  The Daily Camera reported on this February 15, 2017.  These letters are not fraudulent, but they are misleading.

You may obtain a copy of any deed affecting your Colorado real property at any time from the Clerk & Recorder=s office in the county where your real property is located.  The cost is approximately $.25/page.  If you do not appear in person there may be additional fees for postage and copies.  When you purchased your home you received a deed at closing.  That deed is recorded with the County Clerk & Recorder by the title company used for the closing.  You do not need an additional deed.  The deed is a public document and available to anyone from the County Clerk & Recorder=s office.

What can you do about this type of solicitation?
1.         Ignore the letter.
2.         File a complaint with your local district attorney=s office, community protection division, either over the phone or online.

  • Boulder (303) 441-3700
  • Denver (720) 913-9179
  • Jefferson (303) 271-6931
  • Adams (303) 659-7720

 

There are many other people trying to take advantage of seniors, please do not fall for these scams:

  • A grandchild calling to ask you to wire them money because they are in trouble.
  • The IRS calling to say you owe back taxes.
  • The sheriff’s department calling to say you missed jury duty and owe a fine.

This article was written by Tamra K Waltemath of Tamra K. Waltemath, P.C.  This information is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.  For specific questions, you should consult a qualified attorney. Tamra K. Waltemath is an elder law attorney focusing on wills, trusts, estate and trust administration, probate and non-probate transfers, guardianships and conservatorships.  She can be contacted at:  Tamra K. Waltemath, P.C., 3843 West 73rd Avenue, Westminster, CO  80030; 303-657-0360; or visit her website at: www.WaltemathLawOffice.com.

 

 


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