If you’ve recently purchased a home, beware of a solicitation to sell you a copy of your deed which is a scam to trick you out of money. Many of these offers contain a bill for up to $83 for a copy of your deed. This is a big SCAM for these documents are mailed to you free after a sale or transfer. And if you need another copy, all you need to do is ask your agent or title copy for one and it is free. If you bought the house without an agent, you can order one through your county clerk’s office for a few dollars. In some counties you can also order deed copies online.
The most recent article about this is Gitte Laasby at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and came from a company called Record Transfer Services. Even though this “Deed Processing Notice” seems legitimate they are SCAM. Laasby reported that the scammers operate under multiple business names, including Property Transfer Services, Record Transfer Services, Conveyance Transfer Services, Record Retrieval Department and National Deed Service. Beware, these are happening everywhere and I have heard of them here in the Napa Valley.
The irony here, you don’t need your deed. When you go to sell your home, the title company will have one for you to sign which is then recorded in the county the home is located. This public record is available to all.
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