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.

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