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House Jacking


Last Edited: June 7, 2007, 1:22 am

From our local news tonight ( 6-6-07)

New house-jacked details
By: Kathy Sweeney

SIKESTON, Mo. - There's new details on property owners in the Heartland having their homes stolen right out from under them.

As the criminal investigation continues, more and more homeowners are coming forward, claiming they've fallen victim to this house-jacking scam.

Sikeston attorney Jim Robison tells Heartland News he's taken countless calls since our first house-jacked report aired.

All his clients make the same claim, that someone forged their name on a deed in order to sell their property right out from under them.

While this may be new to us, it's not a new scam.

In fact, Robison has tracked cases as close as Kansas City, Missouri and as far away as Chicago.

In the Kansas City cases, federal investigators broke up a scheme involving 300 fraudulent loans worth nearly $20 million.

In the Heartland, we're following the investigation closely and we'll bring you new details as soon as the story breaks.


And this:

Tips to protect your house
By: Heartland News

If you own property, there's a deed on file for it at your county recorder's office. 

To check if your deed is authentic you can go into your recorder's office (located in the county seat of your home county) and request to see the most recent deed filed on your property.  Check it with the documents you have. 

If you find paperwork that you did not sign or did not know was filed, you may want to seek legal assistance.






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Coin TossComment by Coin Toss - June 7, 2007, 1:23 am
There's a Chinese curse:

"May you live in intereting times"

Sure seems to apply.

justxploringComment by justxploring - June 7, 2007, 1:18 pm
Years ago a few families in Florida discovered that they didn't own their homes because of this same scam.

I had a major problem with a home many years ago, although it wasn't exactly this situation. Even well educated, savvy shoppers can fall victims to con artists or just unscrupulous business people. It's shocking to discover fraud or misrepresentation when you decide put your home on the market.   My advice to everyone I meet is to spend the money for a good real estate attorney and a title search before purchasing any property. Also, hire a private home inspection service.   (just make sure everyone's not related!)

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