Archive for Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Leaders warn of mail scam

May 14, 2008


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National Deed Service letter ( .PDF )

Douglas and Leavenworth county residents are urged to be alert for a company selling documents that can be obtained for only a few dollars in the register of deeds office.

"I just want everyone to know if they get a letter like this to disregard it," said Stacy Driscoll, Leavenworth County register of deeds. "It's a scam."

People have received direct mailings from the National Deed Service of Northbrook, Ill., which is offering "official or certified" copies of important documents such as real estate deeds. Both Driscoll and Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson have received complaints.

Consumers are being charged $69.50 for the documents. Copies of the same records are available from register of deeds at a cost of $1 per page and $1 to certify the deed, Branson said.

Most deeds are one or two pages.

No one from National Deed Service could be reached by phone for comment.

According to the company's Web site, though, the cost and time associated with obtaining "public records from a governmental agency" are worth the nearly $70 expenditure.

To get more information about a deed for your property or more information about a letter you have received from National Deed Service, contact Branson's office, 330-2849, or Driscoll's office, (913) 684-0424 or


unite2revolt 9 years, 11 months ago

You can also file your taxes for free with the goverment, whats your point char?consumer1 is right its not a scam. It's a business that preys on gulliable and/or lazy people, like lotteries, cigarette & alcohol companies, bottled water "makers", casinos, the list goes on and on. America's public education system produces weak, dependent, automatons that can be easily preyed upon by those with confidence, self-reliance, and individualism. Those are the people who are successful. And they are succesful because they figured out people will buy anything they advertise.

Charla Welch 9 years, 11 months ago

Read it again, consumer1."Consumers are being charged $69.50 for the documents. Copies of the same records are available from register of deeds at a cost of $1 per page and $1 to certify the deed, Branson said."The letter wants you to spend about $70 to get documents that you can get through the gov. for under $5.

geniusmannumber1 9 years, 11 months ago

Lets see...I've seen G_y_p_a_s post on two articles so far...7 typos...misuse of the words "sensationalism" and "propaganda" instance of bigotry...and calling the entire world stupid.Seriously, aren't the junior high schools in session today? And if not, should you be watching Hannah Montana like the other kids?

bettie 9 years, 11 months ago

Has anyone here received on of these letters, and if so, can you tell me what name was on the return address? I just got a letter delivered to my house but addressed to my landlords, which never happens. If this is what it is, then I won't have to bother sending it to them.

geniusmannumber1 9 years, 11 months ago

Gosh, you know me so well. So lets see, we have a series of mean comments unrelated to anything in this article or in my comment, followed by an admonition to "shut up."You are very clearly not fourteen years old.

Evan Ridenour 9 years, 11 months ago

If this is a scam than H&R Block and any other company that charges a fee for doing something that anyone can is a scam. Just another poorly written article from the journalists at the LJWorld.

geniusmannumber1 9 years, 11 months ago

Sorry. Not a scam. It's essentially a $65 dollar service charge. A scam implies deception.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 11 months ago

I've often thought thought I should rent a p.o. box, and place an ad newspaper/radio/tv that simply says:send $5, today. thank you. then see how much money rolls in...if you do this, I claim $2 for the idea!

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