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Durham Deeds Office Warns of Overpriced Offer

Posted May 23, 2007

— Durham County property owners are asked to be on the lookout for a mailing that is currently circulating offering property owners a certified copy of their property deed for a payment of $59.50.

The Register of Deeds office in Durham County said residents have contacted them about a company called National Deed Service, Inc. based in Washington, DC that has sent letters to property owners, offering a copy of their deed for their higher price.

The correspondence creates an urgency about securing the service by saying “Due to a large number of transactions, this will be your only notice of our service”.

The average price of a certified copy of a typical two- to three-page deed is about $10.00 and may be obtained in the Durham County Register of Deeds office.

Other counties across the country have reported letters sent from this company.


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  • peace_of_mind May 24, 2007

    @GoBoSox.. I'm not "bahing them" I'm hoping the Yankees will bash them though. LOL

  • RRsaidso May 24, 2007

    Woooooooooooo That was close. Bout mailed the check!

  • GoBoSox May 24, 2007

    My bad Steve! It's "voices" bashing my Sox :)

  • GoBoSox May 24, 2007

    Steve, Steve, Steve...now I can't take your posts seriously! :)

  • I hear voices May 24, 2007

    @Steve Crisp & GoBoSox


  • gleebschnouser May 24, 2007

    Buyer beware. That is all this is. Suckers are there for a reason.

  • Steve Crisp May 24, 2007

    To GoBoSox: First off, Let's Go Mets, Bucky Dent, Bill Buckner. Now that that's out of the way...

    I think the best "scam" that I have ever heard of involved a small classified ad placed in the New York Times many years ago. It said simply, "Last chance to mail in your five dollars" and then gave an address. The guy made tens of thousands of dollars. The state tried to charge him, but absolutely no laws were broken.

  • GoBoSox May 24, 2007

    I recently bought a condo for my parents in Morrisville and received this same mailing. Luckily I'm in my early 40's and in sales so I knew it was BS! I do, however, feel bad for people who fall prey to this type of deception. This type of marketing and deceipt should be punished severely.

  • imrickjamesbitch May 23, 2007

    Hmmm so a surcharge of $49.50 is too much? Seems like a fair price to me. I get spam daily that says "this is my only chance to respond". When are they going to do something about that? And all the junk mail that comes in my mailbox......somewhere a tree just got put into a trash can.