Scams all the way down

There's a twist about 2/3 of the way through this Advocate column in the Times Union about an (at the very least) misleading company offering to provide copies of deeds to property owners -- it's like a scam built on top of a scam.

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Ever since property transactions have gone online through county clerks' websites, new homeowners have been receiving legitimate and non-legitimate 'offers' through the mail.

And, yep, we now have scammers scamming scammers.

We just bought a house and have already received two of these annoying scams. At first, I almost called our lawyer for the closing for some insight, because I thought the City was trying to pull a hard and fast one with us, but realized after reading the fine print and doing a google search that it was an independent company try to take advantage of the uninformed. Real annoying!

I added my partner's name to the deed to our house almost a year ago now and we still get letters like this regularly. We've always just ignored them because we made sure we had copies in the first place. We didn't think it was a scam so much as pointless.

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