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Posted on: May 17, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Scam Letters Circulating

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On Monday May 1, the Webster County Recorder’s Office assisted a resident with questions about a confusing letter they received, which was quickly identified as a scam and reported to local law enforcement. The letter claimed to be from “County Deed Records” with false information about the recipient’s home warranty expiration date. The letter also contained a “renewal fee voucher” for $199, which resembles a check and requests immediate action to call or be left vulnerable to repair costs. The Iowa County Recorders Association in partnership with Iowa Land Records confirm that this information is not legitimate. Similar illegitimate letters have been found across the country.

Thankfully, in the Webster County incident, the resident came into the Webster County Recorder’s office with questions before taking any action. If you or someone you know has received a letter claiming to be from the County Deed Records, please DO NOT RESPOND to the letter in any way.

Do not pay; do not call; do not go to the website and do not return any mail requests.

Webster County Recorder, Lindsay Laufersweiler, had this to say about the scam letter, “Scams are everywhere! Thankfully this individual came into the office to research. This mailing was not sent by county recorders. (Please remember to) do your research and ask questions. You’ll be glad you did!”

For more information or questions about this press release, please contact Mills County Recorder, Lu Anne Christiansen at 712-527-9315.

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