By Coco Clayman-Cook
It is unfortunate, but in times of economic strife con men flourish. What is worse their prey is often the people who can least afford the scam. There is a current scam happening in Los Angeles that we all need to be aware of and make our friends, families and clients aware of as well.
Home owners are receiving letters that are worded in such a way that they appear to be from the County Assessor's office. They are not, they are from private companies. The letters tell the home owner they can pay lower taxes if they will pay a fee.
The District Attorney's office is currently investigating. If you or anyone you know has been a victim of this scam contact the Consumer Affairs Real Estate Fraud Unit, they are seeking refunds for all of the victims.