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New Hanover Co. warns of deed scam


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 or call (910) 798-4530.​

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