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Beware of scam asking you for money to prove you’re owner of your home

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — You might have seen it in the mail. An official looking letter asking you for money to certify that you are the actual owner of your home. Don’t follow the instructions on the letter. It’s a scam.

When Mabel Shapiro saw the letter in her mailbox, she initially thought it came from the state. It had a Jefferson City, Missouri return address and the envelope appeared official. 

It was a letter from Records Recovery Services asking her to send $87 for a copy of her deed, validating that her home was actually owned by her. Shapiro was immediately suspicious.

“I thought they were trying to steal my house if I don’t pay what they wanted,” she said.

Instead of sending the money, Shaprio paid a visit to the Jackson County Recorder of…

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