KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Some misleading offers are showing up in mailboxes, and they have to do with homeowners and property deeds.
One couple received a letter asking for $87 in exchange for a copy of their property deed. The letter came from "State Record Retrieval Board", based out of California.
The trick; you can get a property deed from the County Auditor for anywhere from $3 - $10. If that's not enough, there is even a warning on the letter that says if you don't pay by a certain date you'll be charged an additional $35.
Maureen O'Connell received the suspicious letter and told KNDU she knew it had to be a trick. "I feel badly because my husband and I knew immediately this wasn't right so we asked questions. But there are people out there like my mother who is older and not in full control of faculties. She would have immediately paid," said O'Connell.
Some tips from the Better Business Bureau: check to see if you even need a property deed. You may already have the original. If not, get it from your County Auditor.
The bottom line is: if you aren't familiar with the business, don't send them money.