Lincoln County Clerk Debbie Greenfield is issuing a warning to area residents about a Delaware company that is soliciting residents to purchase certified copies of their property deeds for about $80 more than they would pay if they got them from the local county clerk office.
The company is sending out notices to property owners offering certified copies of their deeds for a charge of $83, she said. The mass mailing to residents across the U.S., including some in Lincoln County, has prompted Greenfield to issue warning for what she is calling a property scam.
“Having a copy of your deed is helpful for record-keeping, but it not essential,” she said.”Your deed is a public record and is permanently maintained and preserved at the Lincoln County Clerk’s Office.”
Anytime someone needs a copy of the deed, they can purchase a copy for $1 per page to copy and $1 for certification.
“In most cases, the total cost will be between $2 and $3,” she said.
Greenfield said users online can subscribe to get the county’s land records online for the $1 charge, then she believes the company is turning around and selling it for much more.
Greenfield said she’s had some customers call her office with concerns while others have sent her the mail correspondence they received, but as far as she knows, no one has used the services.
Many recorders and district attorneys are warning residents to “Beware of companies that try to make a profit off information that’s already available for little cost,” she said.
She’s tried to contact the company as well, she said, but no one has returned her calls.
Anyone with questions about this issue or needing assistance can all the Lincoln County Court Clerk’s Office at 405-258-1264.