CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - If you've recently purchased a home, a potential scam reported in Clermont County may fool you out of more than $80.
Officials said private companies have reportedly sent letters to residents requesting that property owners purchase a copy of their deed for a fee of $60 to $80.
Clermont County Recorder Deborah Clepper said she's received a recent increase in calls regarding the cost to obtain a "certified" copy of a property owner's deed.
The problem is, a property owner already has a copy of their deed in most cases, which is provided at closing when they purchased the property. And should you need another copy, Clepper said you can order one through the clerk's office for $2 per page and $1 to apply the certification stamp and seal. The office staff can even do this while you wait.
"Although this may not be illegal, you will be paying a significantly higher amount for a record than you would pay by requesting a copy from the Recorder's Office yourself," Clepper said.
It's a service some homeowners may not realize.
Read these frequently asked questions, provided by the Clermont County Recorder's Office.
Q. What do you need to know to obtain a copy of your documents?
A. The township where your property is located, the date you purchased your property and your name.
Q. Can I get a copy of my mortgage and what do I need to know?
A. Again, we need to know your name, township and date of your mortgage.
Q. What other documents are recorded?
A. Besides Deeds and Mortgages the Recorder receives: Powers of Attorney, Mortgage Releases, Assignments of Mortgages, Federal Tax Liens, Home Owners Association Liens, Ohio Job and Family Services Liens and some Leases.
Q. Is an appointment necessary?
A. No you can come in during normal business hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
You can access online records at www.uslandrecords.com.