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Posted on: July 11, 2019

COUNTY CLERK O’CONNELL WARNS OF NEW “DEED SCAM”

(Mineola, NY)   Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell is cautioning homeowners about a new type of solicitation that has recently targeted Nassau County. These mailings are coming from “Property Profile, Inc.” who are recommending that all homeowners purchase a “Property Assessment Profile” which “…provides a wealth of information on the property that can be used to verify property information is recorded  correctly…”  and also “…includes  a  complimentary  copy  of  your  current Grant Deed or other record of title.” The solicitations contain publicly available property information which can often mislead homeowners to believe that they are from an official governmental agency and that it is imperative the recipient acts on it quickly.

Concerned  by  these  deceptive  practices,  County  Clerk  O’Connell  wants  homeowners  to remember  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. However, these types of private companies continue to solicit homeowners to purchase a deed on their behalf, sometimes for more than 1000% over the County Clerk’s fees. To better inform consumers and  protect  them, County Clerk O’Connell   successfully advocated  for state legislation  that requires these types of solicitations to disclose that they are not affiliated with the county. Nevertheless, many homeowners continue to be impacted by these types of misleading services.

County 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. The County Clerk also recommends that Nassau residents protect themselves against fraudulent property record filings by registering with the County Clerk’s “Property Fraud Alert Service” at www.nassaucountyny.gov/clerk/PFA. Anyone interested in additional information  can contact Clerk O’Connell’s office at 516-571-2660.