Area residents who receive a letter offering to obtain a certified copy of their property deeds for a fee should ignore it, said Warren County Recorder Linda Oda.
Oda says her office has received several calls and visits from residents who said they received such a letter from National Record Service, Inc., a Chicago-based company.
The company offers to provide property owners with a copy of their deed for $59.50. While the company isn’t doing anything illegal, Oda said the offer is a scam.
“They are taking advantage of people’s lack of knowledge of what is available to them in their own backyard,” she said.
Property owners in Warren County can obtain paper copies of their deed at the county recorder’s office for a nominal fee of 10 cents a page. Most property deeds are about two pages long.
Owners can also receive deeds by email at no charge, said Oda. She encourages residents to contact her at Linda.Oda@co.warren.oh.us.
County Administrator Dave Gully was among residents who received a letter and inquired about it at the recorder’s office.
“This is a rip-off,” he said. “They are exploiting the uninformed.”
The Warren County Recorder’s Office is at 406 Justice Drive in Lebanon and can be reached at 513-695-1382.