Register of deeds warns of scam

SALEM — A new deed copy scam is targeting Essex County property owners, said John O’Brien, Southern Essex District Register of Deeds.  

“I want to make the public aware of the recent rise in the number of scam notices homeowners throughout the county have been receiving in the past few months. I have been contacted by several of my constituents notifying my office of a ‘Recorded Deed Notice’ they have been receiving in the mail by the company Record Transfer Services of California, which offers the homeowner a copy of their deed for a fee of $83. This is outrageous and nothing more than another attempt to rip off the unsuspecting consumer,” said O’Brien in a statement released by his office.

The Southern Essex Registry of Deeds provides property owners with copies of deeds at no charge.

“I am very happy that we have a number of concerned citizens who keep watch so that innocent victims do not fall for this type of scam. My message to property owners is simple; if you receive anything in the mail, online or by phone regarding your property records, call my customer service line (978-542-1704) before you do anything and we will let you know if the notice is on the up and up,” added O’Brien.

Please access our website at salemdeeds.com or contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Desk at [email protected] or call 978-542-1704 to obtain a free copy of your deed.

Register of deeds warns of scam

SALEM — A new deed copy scam is targeting Essex County property owners, said John O’Brien, Southern Essex District Register of Deeds.  

“I want to make the public aware of the recent rise in the number of scam notices homeowners throughout the county have been receiving in the past few months. I have been contacted by several of my constituents notifying my office of a ‘Recorded Deed Notice’ they have been receiving in the mail by the company Record Transfer Services of California, which offers the homeowner a copy of their deed for a fee of $83. This is outrageous and nothing more than another attempt to rip off the unsuspecting consumer,” said O’Brien in a statement released by his office.

The Southern Essex Registry of Deeds provides property owners with copies of deeds at no charge.

“I am very happy that we have a number of concerned citizens who keep watch so that innocent victims do not fall for this type of scam. My message to property owners is simple; if you receive anything in the mail, online or by phone regarding your property records, call my customer service line (978-542-1704) before you do anything and we will let you know if the notice is on the up and up,” added O’Brien.

Please access our website at salemdeeds.com or contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Desk at [email protected] or call 978-542-1704 to obtain a free copy of your deed.

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