Vacant houses open the door to deed scams in Palm Beach County

PALM BEACH, Fla. – March 18, 2011 – People filing false deeds to take over vacant homes has Palm Beach County’s clerk of courts warning owners to keep an eye on their property records the same way they do their credit reports.

With hundreds of vacant houses countywide — fallout from the real estate boom and bust — Clerk Sharon Bock said her office is investigating an increase in suspect “quit claim” deeds filed on homes, which are then rented to unsuspecting tenants or occupied by the scammers themselves.  Read More 

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