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On Your Side: Property owners in the Ozarks beware

Published: Dec. 30, 2020 at 6:34 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 30, 2020 at 6:51 PM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) -No handshake involved.

It’s a quick and easy offer to sell your land, now.

Down a few country roads in Webster County, Tammy Bell’s parents got the offer.

“That looked way too easy,” she said.

It’s an offer to sell their 40 acres for nearly $42,000. All the info is correct like their name, address and acreage. There’s a deadline. The offer is open until January 7. The letter reads ‘We can deliver a cashier’s check to your door in as little as three days’.

“I think some people, especially in today’s time, they are banking on people to be desperate,” said Bell.

Austin Graybill, the Webster County Assessor says the letter is marketing.

“A lot of things have to take place for a property to sell,” he said.

On Your Side has shown you similar letters throughout the years. Remember, property records are public information. That’s how companies find out where you live an what you own.

“We do have to furnish that information. I can see how that might seem intrusive when you own property and people can get that,” Graybill said.

Typically these offers are below market value. If you get something like this in the mail, chances are your neighbor did too.

Always review and have a trusted family member or friend look over something before you sign it.

Sometimes these property letters can look official, like it’s from the government. If you have any questions, call your county assessor’s office.

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