I have noticed an increase in letters from those wanting to buy yours and others mineral rights. Since the boom has slowed somewhat, this seems to be the norm for those wanting to better themselves financially. These companies want your minerals because they know eventually, prices will go up and monies will be paid. These buyers always make the letter sound as if you own say 100 acres but in reality you may only own a small portion.
One needs to watch out for their mineral rights because, some shady individuals are seeking out people and buying minerals through fraud. They are contacting people with the same name as the real owner and telling them they own mineral rights. The unknowing person signs the forms and gets paid then the company files papers at the courthouse. If "YOU" do not catch this fraud, your mineral interest will now belong to another according to the papers filed at the courthouse. The courthouse has no responsibility in making sure the filing is right. Getting them back in the right persons name takes awhile and if left uncovered, can cause many sleepless nights.
So, if you own minerals do your research and find out what you own. It takes a lot of work and if you are too busy, then hire someone. If you care enough to keep track of your minerals it will pay off down the road. Those who try to buy your minerals know what they are worth and the price they offer is only a small percentage of the real value. After all, there was a reason your family kept them for years and years. They knew they were worth something. They would sell the farm but, kept the minerals.
Those who get on this site and offer to buy should keep those posts to themselves. This site is about helping people not helping yourself.