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Eden Prairie Police Warn of Property Deed Scam

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November 17, 2016 11:55 AM

Eden Prairie police are warning potential homebuyers to be on the lookout for a property deed scam.

According to the department, a couple visited the city center earlier this week with a document of what appeared to be a bill for $89 to obtain a copy of the deed to property in Eden Prairie, which they had purchased in September.

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However, upon review, the receptionist thought the document looked suspicious and sent the couple to the police department.

The police department reviewed the document and found it to be a deceptive mailing designed to convince homebuyers or homeowners to buy something they don't need.

Police say the document looks as if it is authentic and even includes the actual property ID number, sale amount, assessed value, year built and other property information. It also includes a return envelope for the payment.

A department investigative aide said she believes the company that sends the mailings are hoping homebuyers or homeowners are so overwhelmed with paperwork that they will pay the amount listed without reading the fine print, which includes the phrase, "This offer serves as a soliciting for services and is not to be interpreted as a bill due."

Those who are interested in obtaining a copy of the deed to their home may do so through a county's recorder's office or examiner of titles office.

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