Mail scam alert, LCSO warns

Posted at 6:37 PM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 07:31:46-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A Cape Coral resident hopes his experience will save others time and money. He got an official-looking letter in the mail saying he owed recording fees for the deeds of his house. He did some digging, and it turns out it's a scam.

"It's a scam, that's what the city told me. They're sending it to everyone in the Lee County area, and who knows where else they're sending it," says local resident Wayne Cox.

Cox wants to make sure others avoid the same mistake he did.  "I didn't want anybody else in Lee County to get burnt for these recording fees when they don't really have to pay them."

The Lee County Sheriff's Office's fraud specialist, Beth Schell, told Fox 4 it's the first she's heard of this particular scam.  "It's just another way for someone to be able to get the identity and money from unsuspecting victims."

So what do you do if you get a letter like Wayne Cox did? Schell says double check, call and look into it. If it's not legit, shred it.

If you believe you're a victim, call the sheriff's office.  "They can contact the sheriff's office, call our fraud line. we can check into it and take a report."