What is old is new and this scam is now back again impacting new home owners or our elderly residents. This official looking letter usually shows up in your mail box about 4-5 weeks after you close. The letter contains information about how to get a copy of your deed, the first hint that this is a scam is on the outside of the envelope.
"The telling evidence that this is a scam is that on the envelope and at the top of the notice it states: "This service is to obtain a copy of your deed or title is not affiliated with any governmental agency."
Pass the word around to those who need to hear it. You can easily obtain a copy of your deed from the Registry of Deeds. So, the moral of the story is do not send a check to this mysterious P.O Box, it is a complete scam!
If you have or do receive a similar notice, disregard the request for payment and consider filing a report with the Federal Trade Commission. You can call them at 1-877-FTC-HELP or file a complaint on line at http://ftc.gov/complaint.