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County clerk warns of deed scam by out of state firm

Erie County property owners were warned Wednesday to beware of an out-of-state firm promoting what Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs said was a “deed scam” involving allegedly misleading solicitations offering to sell property owners a “Certified Copy of Your Deed.” He said Record Transfer Services, a California-based company under various business names “is soliciting and dramatically overcharging homeowners for this services.”

“I want to inform the citizens of Erie County that the entities marketing such requests are not at all related to the County Clerk’s Office or any other department inside Erie County government and if you received one of these letters you should disregard it because a certified copy of your deed is always available from the County Clerk’s Office,” Jacobs said.

The County Clerk said certified copies of property documents can be easily obtained directly from the Erie County Clerk’s Office at Old County Hall at 92 Franklin Street in Buffalo, 14202 for a fee of $5 to $10. Jacobs urged concerned residents to contact his office for assistance with any deed-related questions by calling 716-858-8785.

Jacobs said property owners can always request a copy of deed-related documents by mail by including their name, property address and phone number along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and a check or money order made payable to the Erie County Clerk for $10. He said a deed request form is also available on the County Clerk’s website at www.erie.gov/clerk/deedrequest.