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Attorney General warns of misleading solicitation letter

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Virginia's Attorney General is sending out an alert about letters that look official - but are actually solicitations.

A letter may have recently shown up in your mailbox, offering to sell you a copy of the deed to your home for 26 times the amount it normally costs. It looks, and even sounds, official.

"It talks about compliance deadlines and response dates and it has the property address," said Attorney General Mark Herring.

Herring isn't calling this letter a scam. 

"We look closely at this letter, and it does not appear to be illegal to send out, but it's certainly misleading," said Herring.

That's why his office is warning home owners all across the Commonwealth to beware if you get a letter like this in the mail. It suggests that you need to purchase a copy of your deed by a certain time for a hefty fee - $83 or even more.

In most cases, property owners receive a copy of the deed at the time of purchase; however, if it's lost or a replacement is needed, you can head over to the county clerks office and, in most cases, receive that replacement for just fifty cents a page.

Herring says it's his responsibility to enforce consumer protection laws, and that's the reason for this warning.

"I want them to be on their guard and just be cautious when they get them to make sure you read them carefully," said Herring.

If you have a consumer complaint, you can call the Virginia Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-552-9963.

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