Scam Warning for Webster County Residents
On Monday May 1, the Webster County Recorder’s Office assisted a
resident with questions about a confusing letter they received, which was quickly identified as a
scam and reported to local law enforcement. The letter claimed to be from “County Deed
Records” with false information about the recipient’s home warranty expiration date. The letter
also contained a “renewal fee voucher” for $199, which resembles a check and requests
immediate action to call or be left vulnerable to repair costs. The Iowa County Recorders
Association in partnership with Iowa Land Records confirm that this information is not legitimate.
Similar illegitimate letters have been found across the country.
Thankfully, in the Webster County incident, the resident came into the Webster County
Recorder’s office with questions before taking any action. If you or someone you know has
received a letter claiming to be from the County Deed Records, please DO NOT RESPOND to
the letter in any way.
Do not pay
Do not call
Do not go to the website
Do not return any mail requests
Webster County Recorder, Lindsay Laufersweiler, had this to say about the scam letter,
“Scams are everywhere! Thankfully this individual came into the office to research. This mailing
was NOT sent by County Recorders. (Please remember to) do your research and ask
questions. You’ll be glad you did!”