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Fake Deed Letter Circulating

A letter circulating Henderson County is causing a lot of confusion, and costing some homeowners money.

It advertises a service that provides property owners with a copy of their deed, and a complete property profile. The problem is the the letter looks like a bill, which is why authorities say so many people are becoming a victim.

"I thought it was something for the Register of Deeds so I thought it was a tax that I had to pay, so I sent it in," said Chasity Bloomfield.

The sheriff's office says Bloomfield is one of many people who have been duped by a Record Transfer Services, a company based in California.

"It appears that a company is sending out information requesting you send them $83.00 and they'll send you a package of stuff, " said Chief Deputy Frank Stout of the Henderson County Sheriff's Office,

Authorities tell News 13 the letter is a solicitation that advertises a service that provides property owners with a copy of their deed, and a complete property profile. All things they say you can get for free at your local recorders office.

"We really want to make people aware of it because they work for their money, hard earn money and to be giving it away for somebody who's not actually out there working it's pretty tough for us to swallow as well," said Stout. 

News 13 contacted Record Transfer Services and was told by an operator that this is an optional service only.

The sheriff's office is advising those who may have sent the company a check to monitor their bank accounts closely.

 



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