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Beware of grant deed scam

Updated July 9, 2010

The Cerritos Sheriff’s Station/Community Safety Division would like to warn residents about a grant deed scam that has been gaining popularity.

The Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs reports that various private companies are sending mailings to property owners stating that “due to high foreclosures and loan modifications” in the local area, the property owner is at high risk of having his or her home stolen. The company then offers to provide an official copy of the property owner’s grant deed (which would supposedly prevent the property owner’s house from being stolen). These companies charge upwards of $100 for the grant deed. However, you should already have a copy of your grant deed, and it is not true that someone can steal your home overnight if you don’t have the grant deed in your possession.

If you need an official copy of your grant deed, you can obtain one for a nominal cost from the Los Angeles County Recorder/County Clerk at 12400 Imperial Highway in Norwalk.

If you or someone you know receives an illegal solicitation, or if you need additional information, contact the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs at (800) 593-8222 or visit

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