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Salt Lake County Recorder warns about scam targeting homeowners

Official-looking letter demands $95 payment
Posted at 11:36 AM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 13:36:36-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake County Recorder put out a warning Wednesday about a scam that is another fraudulent attempt to separate you from your hard earned cash.

An official-looking letter, allegedly from the Salt Lake County Recorders Office, asks recipients to pay $95 for information you can get at the recorder's office for $10 or less if you need it.

While investigators look for the perpetrators of this scam, county recorder Rashelle Hobbs wants to get the word out to people who receive these letters.

They look official and contain the homeowners name, address and property parcel number along with a fee due date that’s fooling some people.

"It also has a 'please respond by,' so a call to action, almost a deadline," Salt Lake County Recorder Rashelle Hobbs said. "We've already had people appear at the county government center wanting to pay this $95 before this 'deadline.'"

Hobbs said more than three dozen people have already showed up at her office to pay the fee, only to be informed it’s a scam.

Others have already mailed in their payment and that money is now, more than likely gone.

Hobbs is especially concerned about senior citizens and immigrants living in the valley, saying they may be especially susceptible to a scam like this.

If you have any questions or concerns you can just call the Salt Lake County Recorders Office at 385-468-8145.