An increase in calls requesting the cost
for obtaining a "certified" copy of a property deed led to the discovery of a
scheme occurring in Clermont County.
National Deed Service Inc. and other
companies are sending residents letters, offering a service to obtain certified
copies of their property deeds. Most likely a property owner already has a copy
of their deed, which is provided during a closing when they purchased property.
These companies are privately held companies, not affiliated with any
The letters may state the importance of having a certified
copy of a property deed or even quoted the U.S. Government Federal Citizens
Information Center website. These companies also estimate a price of $60 or
more to obtain a copy of the deed.
Although this is not illegal, residents will be paying a significantly higher amount for the record than they would pay
by personally requesting a copy from the Recorder's Office.