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County clerk denounces mail order deed scam

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski warned Monday against a California company’s deed scam, which he said is landing in local mailboxes.

The company urges homeowners to send $83 to obtain a “property grant deed” to prove ownership of their property. Jastrzemski said those who feel a need to have a copy of such a document can obtain one from his office in Lockport for $5.

The company also is selling a “property assessment profile” which contains information about assessments and tax exemptions, all of which is public information and available for free online or from a local assessor’s office.

“This kind of nonsense hurts our elderly and other vulnerable populations by preying on their trust and worries,” Jastrzemski said. He added, “If your deed was filed with my office, it has been recorded and remains valid whether or not you have a certified copy of the deed in your possession.”