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We’ve also seen instances of schemers preying on homeowners who have fallen behind on their property taxes. Washington laws only allow someone who has a legal interest in the property to pay property taxes. The fraudster offers to pay outstanding taxes so the homeowner can avoid foreclosure and convinces the homeowner to turn over the property title. But the con never pays the taxes. Consequently, the home is foreclosed on, sold at auction and tax debts are paid. The con then claims the leftover money from the sale is his – despite state law that indicates it should be paid to the person who owned the property at the time the court authorized the foreclosure.— Attorney General Robert M. McKenna
Ask the AG Column, April 10, 2006
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