Property Deed Letters Not Official

May 14, 2014

A few Decatur County residents have received legal-looking mail instructing them that can get their property deed with a payment.

It is not an official notice from the government, and there is a much cheaper method to receiving property documents.

According to the Greensburg Daily News, the letter is addressed from the “Local Records Office” in Indianapolis. It urges homeowners to retrieve their property deed by mailing in a check for $89.

Officials say the letter is from a private entity and not a government agency or local office. Decatur County Recorder Denise Ziegler says it is just a waste of money.

“It is just something they are trying to do to generate money from themselves,” said Ziegler. “You can get the information from your own county for a $1.00 per page for your deed. And they want you to send $89.”

“It used to say ‘to avoid long lines at your recorder’s office,’ we don’t have long lines!”

If someone were to send in $89 to the Indianapolis address, Ziegler says she not even sure property deeds will be received.

The scheme has been reported in Southeastern Indiana in previous years and the Indiana Attorney General has been notified of it. Ziegler noted that it seems to come around during tax time and she understands how someone could fall for the letter.

“If something has happened, such as losing a spouse and maybe they always took care of something, and you get a letter like this- it’s going to look official and you will get right on it. You will be wasting your money,” Ziegler said.

If you receive this type of letter that is not from a government agency or local office it is best to contact your county recorder’s office.

Listen Live

Upcoming Events

8:00 am St. John’s Ladies’ Society Rumma...
St. John’s Ladies’ Society Rumma...
Oct 9 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
The St. John’s Ladies’ Society Rummage Sale in Osgood (331 S. Buckeye St.) will be held on Friday, October 9, from 8 am to 6 pm; and Saturday, October 10, from 8 am to 1 pm. Come see what bargains we have for you!!
9:00 am East Central Girls Basketball @ East Central High School
East Central Girls Basketball @ East Central High School
Oct 9 @ 9:00 am
Registration for East Central Basketball  4th-5th-6th Grade Recreational League. Forms ARE DUE on or before: Friday, October 9th! ate entries will be accepted but it is paramount to get them in EARLY! Practice will begin Mon.,  Oct. 19th / games begin Sat., Oct 24th, and the season ends on Sat, Dec. 12th. *Each player will receive a reversible jersey. Please make checks payable to SEI Stars (cash is also acceptable)
11:00 am 9th Annual Ertel Cellars Winery ... @ Ertel Cellars Winery
9th Annual Ertel Cellars Winery ... @ Ertel Cellars Winery
Oct 9 @ 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Outdoors featuring live entertainment and dancing under the “big top” tent, wine tasting, food, steam engine hayrides, arts & crafts and more! Winery/Bistro open during festival hours. Children welcome.

View Calendar