Porter County official offers warning about letter soliciting document services

2014-06-12T18:57:00Z 2014-06-12T19:24:13Z Porter County official offers warning about letter soliciting document servicesTimes staff nwitimes.com
June 12, 2014 6:57 pm  • 

VALPARAISO | Porter County Recorder Jon Miller is alerting residents to be aware of a solicitation letter that is being mailed to local residents promising to deliver copies of government documents for a hefty fee.

“(The company) sends government-like mailers to Indiana consumers offering copies of deeds and 'property profiles' for a fee of $89. These mailers include a homeowner’s property address, owner’s name, comparable values and a parcel identification number — all of which is publicly available information. They also state that you should respond to this letter by a certain date” Miller stated.

Property deeds, which are usually one to two pages, are public records and county recorders can provide copies for a nominal cost.

“The services that these companies offer are very inflated, since the same copy may be obtained for $1 at your county recorder’s office” said Miller in a written statement.

Homeowners are not required to have copies even when they sell property, said Miller.

“Many citizens that receive this letter believe it to be a notice from a governmental agency requiring them to pay fees for required documents," he said in a press release. "It is extremely important for consumers, particularly new homebuyers, to contact their county recorder’s office at (219) 465-3465 if they have any questions about copies of documents or fees related to homeownership.”

Anyone with doubts about a mailing offering a government-provided service should contact that government office directly, said Miller.

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