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Local Attorney Warns of New Scam

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"There's just no reason to pay $83 for a copy of your deed," Forrest Co. Board Attorney David Miller said.

In fact it should only cost a dollar or two, but people who receive a letter that looks like this could be misguided.

Miller said the letters sent to many Forrest Co. residents are marked with a Washington D. C. address and look somewhat official.  They use words like "compliance" and "due date" to ask for $83 in exchange for a copy of your deed.

"If you go on to read the fine print, it says they're not affiliated with a government agency, that it's a solicitation, not a bill, but given the language they use, I imagine a lot of people won't get to the fine print," Miller said.

Forrest Co. residents can pay just 25 cents per page at Chancery Court in downtown Hattiesburg.

"Presumably, people in other counties may receive those as well, and I'd encourage them to contact their courthouse as well," Miller said.

He said it is good to have a copy of your deed, but there is no reason you should be required to need it within a deadline like the letter states.

"If anybody's gotten one of these letters and has actually sent in the $83, they might want to contact the {Attorney General's} office in Jackson to see if they can get some help," Miller said.

Anyone who is a victim of this scam can call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 800-281-4418.

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