If there’s one thing you can say about scam artists, it’s that they are nothing if not creative and persistent.
We received an email from one of our clients that purchased a West Bank home last year. She’s been getting repeated notices that she should request a copy of her deed and property profile and decided to ask us if this was something she was supposed to do.
Thank goodness she did, because this is nothing more than a scam targeting new home owners that might not know any better. If you just glanced at this, you might assume that it’s a legitimate deal. We know better.
How do we know it’s a scam?
- There is no official State Record Regulation Department in Louisiana
- We don’t have Grant Deeds in Louisiana
- The information they offer to provide in their “Property Profile” is already contained in the documents received by the home owner at the act of sale
- If it was an official state organization, they would know that we have parishes, not counties
Reading a little further, you’ll see that they eventually admit that it’s a solicitation for services. Services in the amount of $87 for a copy of your address and legal description? C’mon, man.
This should be a crime.
If you ever receive something after purchasing a home that just doesn’t feel quite right, contact your agent immediately. Our service at Crescent City Living doesn’t end after you move in.