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Deed Scam Making Rounds

July 29, 2014
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

An old scam is making the rounds in the area once again and officials want to caution area residents on how not to be taken in.

Palo Alto County Recorder Bonnie Whitney is reminding residents that they need to be cautious if they receive a piece of mail asking them if they want a copy of their deed and property assessment. Recorder's offices across the state of Iowa have been receiving phone calls from concerned citizens about letters they have received, usually with some message to the effect that there was "deed activity recorded in public record" and urging the deed holder to obtain a "current property grant deed and assessment".

In the next breath, the letters offers the deed holder the opportunity to purchase a copy of their deed and assessment record. One such company, Record Transfer Service, is charging $83.00 for this service. The wording of these notices is designed to cause a homeowner the false belief that there has been a recently recorded document, which is more often than not inaccurate.

According to Whitney, anyone who receives such a notice should not be alarmed or feel that it is necessary to respond to it.

"You may obtain a copy of your deed locally at your County Recorder's Office for just a few dollars in copy fees, no where near $83," Whitney stated.

Any property owner with questions on obtaining a copy of their deed information is urged to contact the Palo Alto County Recorder's Office at 712-852-3701.



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