Deed processing scam 2012.08.22

Written by David Green.

Fulton County Recorder Sandra Barber has been contacted by several residents about a solicitation letter from a company in Washington, D.C., which is referred to as a “Deed Processing Notice.”

The company offers to obtain a copy of the person’s property deed for $86. The mailing is made to appear as if it were from an official government records office. Residents are given a “Compliance Response Date,” and if a request for the deed is made after that date an additional $35 fee is required.

“The wording in the letter implies that you may pay up to $86 for a copy of your deed at the Recorder’s Office which I believe is very misleading, ” said Barber. “Copies can be obtained any time from the Recorder’s Office at a cost of $2 per page. A typical deed is one to three pages long and would cost $2 to $6.”

Barber added that she has seen this type of letter before.

Barber reminds residents that once a deed is filed with the Recorder’s Office it is a permanent record of ownership and protects the property owner’s rights. Property owners do not have to have the original copy of their deed in their possession.

For more information, contact Sandra Barber at [email protected] or 419/337-9232.

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