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New Hanover Co. warns of deed scam

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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- New Hanover County Registrar Jennifer MacNeish is warning New Hanover County residents of a potential deed scam.

"It's come to my attention that a private company is soliciting property owners in North Carolina and offering to obtain, on their behalf, a copy of their deed or property profile for $86," MacNeish said.

Deed Retrieval Services, which has a Raleigh return address, is targeting residents throughout North Carolina offering to provide a copy of their deed and a property profile for the cost of $86. The notice also notes that an additional $35 service fee will be applied if the homeowner doesn't respond within the time indicated.

Although none are known to have been sent to New Hanover County residents, MacNeish is issuing the warning after several North Carolina Registrars reported letters from the company were targeting their communities.

All deeds for property located in New Hanover County are recorded and maintained at the Register of Deeds Office, and only the Registrar's Office can issue certified copies of these records, which are legally equivalent to the original. At the time of recording, the original deed is returned directly to the owner or their attorney upon processing.

"Homeowners need to be aware that these solicitations come from a third party and are not associated with a government agency," MacNeish added.

For more information contact, visit the New Hanover County Register of Deeds online at http://www.nhcgov.com/ROD or call (910) 798-4530.​

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But

are they performing an illegal act?

It appears they offer to obtain a copy of your deed and a property profile, perhaps copied from the tax records, for $85.

Until someone sends in the money and does not obtain the items in return, not certain they have performed an illegal act.

There may be other issues such as licensing.

But, it appears they offer a service, and anyone can go to the tax office and register of deeds office, which is overpriced; not necessarily illegal.

In most counties you can go

In most counties you can go online and get an unofficial copy of your deed. Anytime a third party offers you a service in relation to any government entity, then you should check with that entity before you send any money.

THANKS FOR THE WARNING. WILL

THANKS FOR THE WARNING. WILL PASS THIS INFO TO PEOPLE I KNOW, WHETHER THEY OWN PROPERTY OR NOT.