Property Owners Get Suspicious Offer in the Mail

Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: Harrison Pirtle
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Updated: 1/24 6:56 pm
HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. (WDEF)-- If you'd like a certified title to that piece of property you just bought, you can send 88 dollars to an out of town company---or you can just go to the county courthouse and get one for 2-dollars.
In other words---you might be dealing with scammers.

Bill Hullander owns property in Apison; its the old family homestead and recently he bought an additional piece of property.
A title company did the work and he already has a title in-hand.

BILL HULLANDER, HAMILTON CO.TRUSTEE "I started getting these things through the mail, that's wanting me to pay these companies 83 to 88 dollars to send me a title."

Sensing a problem, Hullander, who just happens to be the county trustee, called the number on the letter. He spoke with someone who confirmed his suspicions.

BILL HULLANDER "I just wanted to make the citizens of Hamilton county aware that if they get things like this through the mail..they do not need to send them people 83 to 88 dollars. Their title company has already done that for them . And if they want an extra title, they can come to the court house and for a couple of dollars..they can get them a title."

PAM HURST, COUNTY REGISTER " We tell them, you may get a certified copy of your deed ..Which is generally two pages, for a dollar per page..for 2 dollars you may get get a certified copy."

Pam Hurst is part of the state association that has tried to get suspicious organizations like the ones listed on the letterhead---outlawed.

PAM HURST, HAMILTON CO.REGISTER "The legislative committee of the Tennessee Registers Association is looking into this and they have looked at these two letters that are circulating in Hamilton county as well as across the state."

That may come up again in this year's general assembly.

BILL HULLANDER "The envelope its in ..The kind of the way it looks,would kindly make you think this is from maybe a government agency or something."

Message----don't be fooled!

Hullander says he has learned that the Nashville address listed for one of the companies, is actually just a post office box.
The other letter was posted Sioux City, Iowa.

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