County Clerk Warns Carle Place Residents About "Deed Scam"
(Mineola, NY) Nassau County
Clerk Maureen O’Connell is cautioning homeowners about mass
mailings continually being sent to local communities claiming “The
U.S. Government Federal Citizen Information Center website recommends
that property owners should have an official or certified copy of
their deed.” These
letters recently targeted the Carle Place area advising homeowners
that it is necessary to purchase a certified copy of the deed to
should know that all deeds for property located in Nassau County are recorded
and maintained at the County Clerk’s Office and only the
Clerk’s Office can issue certified copies of these records, which are
legally equivalent to the original. When the original deed is recorded
with the Clerk’s Office, it is returned directly to the owner or their
attorney upon processing. These private companies continue to solicit
to purchase a deed on behalf of the homeowner, sometimes for more than 1000%
over Clerk’s Office fees.
O’Connell, concerned by these deceptive practices, advocated along with
County Clerks throughout the state for the passage of legislation requiring
these solicitations to disclose that certified copies of deeds are available
directly from the County Clerk for a nominal fee. However, many homeowners
continue to be victimized by these scams.
Clerk O’Connell reminds residents it is not necessary
to retain a service such as this to get a copy of your deed. Certified
copies of deeds can always be obtained from the County Clerk’s
Office for $5 to $10. Anyone wishing to request a certified copy
of their deed can contact Clerk O’Connell’s office at 516-571-2664
for further information.