BG: We bought our house almost 3 years ago, and the woman who had lived here was an elderly lady who had unfortunately fallen down the steps and hurt herself, so her family decided it was time to move her up closer to them. Now, because our town, while not very small, is smallish, people who lived around here knew about her and someone told me that her grandchildren lived with her, supposedly to look after her but it was the opinion of the person who told me this that they didn't do such a hot job of it.
Okay, so, we closed on New Years Eve, and then a few weeks later this guy around mine and dh's age (early 30's) came to the door to say "My grandmother lived here, and I thought you ought to know that there's a lien on the house and it shouldn't have sold, and my grandma wouldn't have wanted me to tell you this. And I'm not trying to talk you into giving the house up, but just thought you ought to know you could get this house for free if you called the title office about it! But don't tell your realtor about it, okay?"
His story sounded awfully fishy and I found out from a friend who'd worked for a lawyer for a while that if there was a federal lien on the house, they would have done a search at the title office and we wouldn't have been able to close on the house till it was taken care of. And we did tell our realtor, who said to be wary of this guy. Who also claimed he would return with papers to prove his statement, but he never returned.
Methinks he was sore that grandma didn't pass the house onto him and thought he could somehow get us into trouble so we'd lose the house and he could have it.