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Consumer Advisory: Tom Horne Warns Consumers to Watch out for Bogus Solicitations from "Title Compliance"

(Phoenix, Ariz. - January 14, 2011)  Attorney General Tom Horne is warning Arizona consumers to watch out for solicitations from a company called "Title Compliance, Records Retrieval Division."   The official looking solicitation offers to obtain a certified copy of the property owners' deed, advising that a "current copy" should be obtained "due to property foreclosures and loan modifications in your county."  

Property owners are advised that foreclosures and loan modifications in their neighborhood have no effect on their own property deed.  Deeds typically do not change unless the property owner recently purchased, sold or refinanced their property.  Property owners can review their deed, at no cost, by visiting their county recorders website.    

The solicitation requests that consumers send $157.00 to Title Compliance on or before 1/28/11 to obtain a certified copy of their deed.  While it is advisable for all property owners to have a copy, there is no requirement to do so.  Also, property owners who desire a certified copy of their deed can do so, by visiting their county recorders website.  A certified copy of a property deed costs less than $10.  

If you believe you have been a victim of consumer fraud, please contact the Attorney General's office in Phoenix at 602-542-5763 in Tucson at 520-628-6504, or outside the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas at 1-800-352-8431.  Consumers can also file complaints online by visiting the Attorney General's website at www.azag.gov.  To file a complaint in person, the Attorney General's office has satellite offices throughout the state.  Locations and hours of operation are posted on the Attorney General's website.