“Official” Notice

Recently, our firm received a notice addressed to a client that had recently acquired title to a house. The “Final Notice of Service,” which was the first such “notice” received, was to inform us that for a mere $99.85, plus $5 shipping and handling, we could get a certified copy of the deed. It was formatted to give the impression it was from a government agency. However, it was really from a private company. And a certified copy of a deed can be purchased from the public records for around $10. Of course, if you needed a certified copy of the deed, didn’t have time to go to the public records, and could afford to pay for the convenience of having them get it for you, you might actually want to hire them. But for most people, there would be no reason to pay a price like that to get that publicly available document. Lots of scams operate through email, but don’t assume that if it reached you by mail and appears at first glance to be from the government, then it must be a government notice, or a square deal.