May 18, 2009
County Clerk Warns of Deed and DBA Scams
OSWEGO -- Oswego County Clerk George J. Williams is warning residents to be aware of two business scams involving public documents that are available through the County Clerk's Office.
He said a local property owner recently brought in a letter from a Manhattan-based business offering to provide a certified copy of her deed for $59.50. The certified deed is available for $5 at the County Clerk's Office at 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego.
The letter contained a form that could be filled out and returned to the company with a check or credit card authorization.
“Any time a piece of property is legally transferred, the new owner receives the original deed when the transaction is recorded in the Clerk's Office,” said Williams. “If you misplace or lose your original copy, we can provide you a copy of the one we have on file in our records room. We will certify that it is a true copy of your original deed.”
Another company is charging prospective business owners more than $100 to receive a “doing business under an assumed name” or “DBA” certificate
Williams said a DBA can be obtained for $41 at the County Clerk's Office in Oswego.
“A DBA certificate allows an individual or a group to conduct business under an assumed name,” said Williams. “It is a simple process to obtain the document in person at our office.”
Those who have questions are encouraged to stop by the County Clerk's Office on the second floor of the County Office Building in Oswego, or call the office at 349-8621 (toll-free 1-800-596-3200, ext. 8621).
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