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October 11, 2016

County Officials Warn of Deed Scam

OSWEGO - Oswego County Clerk Michael Backus issued a warning today for local residents. Some people have recently reported receiving direct mail solicitations from companies offering to provide deed reports and other information for excessive costs.

"This information is readily available through Oswego County government offices and copies can be requested for a small charge," said Backus. "When a piece of property is legally transferred, the new transaction is recorded in the County Clerk's Office and the new owner receives the original deed. A copy of the document can be obtained directly through this office for just $5."

A local resident recently received a solicitation from Records Recovery Services, based in Albany, N.Y. The company offered to provide a "property assessment profile" and a copy of the deed for $87.

"This information is public record and has been available on the county government Web site for years," said Real Property Tax Director Deborah Mullenax. "There isn't any reason to pay an outside company for information on your property."

Property owners can obtain a certified deed at the Oswego County Clerk's office at 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego for $5. Property tax records are public record and are posted on the Real Property section of the Oswego County website at http://rptsweb.oswegocounty.com/search.aspx.

For more information, call the County Clerk's Office at 349-8621 (1-800-596-3200, ext. 8621), or the Real Property Tax Service at 349-8315 (1-800-596-3200, ext. 8315), or visit either office in the Oswego County Office Building, 46 E. Bridge Street, Oswego.

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