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Cayuga County Clerk warns of mail scam

Cayuga County Clerk Sue Dwyer is urging all Cayuga County residents to be aware of a direct mail solicitation letter offering to obtain a certified copy of the homeowner’s deed. A New York City firm called New York Record Retrieval, has recently mailed letters to Cayuga County residents recommending them that they obtain a certified copy of their deed for a fee of $59.50. We’ve had several people come into our office with their letter in hand asking if this is a legitimate solicitation.Clerk Dwyer stated “This is nothing more than a scam and a quick way to make money off of the hardworking residents of Cayuga County. There is no reason a Cayuga County resident would need to reach out to a third party to obtain a certified copy of their deed from my office. We routinely provide copies of deeds for 65 cents a page. A typical deed is only a few pages and would cost less than $2. If a person needs a certified copy, it only costs $5. If you are unable to come into the office, another option is to use our online service, Landaccess.com and click on Cayuga County. If you need to see an image or print a copy of the deed, you will be charged a very small fee.”“Residents should know that if their deed was filed in this office it has been recorded and remains valid whether or not the homeowner has a certified copy of that deed in their possession. Anyone who receives a letter or sees an advertisement for this type of solicitation and has questions about their deed or any other land document maintained in the County Clerks office can call me directly at (315) 253-1271 or email me at sdwyer@cayugacounty.us.” Dwyer said “There is absolutely no reason to pay excessive fees or disclose your credit card information when you can easily obtain a copy at our office at the Cayuga County Office Building, 160 Genesee Street in Auburn in a safe and secure manner at a reasonable price.”

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