Oswego County Officials Warn of Deed Scam

OSWEGO – Local residents are continuing to receive direct mail solicitations from companies offering to provide deed reports and other information for $83, when the information is readily available through Oswego County government offices, County Clerk Michael Backus said.

Property owners can obtain a certified deed at the Oswego County Clerk’s office at 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego for $5.

Property tax records are public record and are posted on the Real Property section of the Oswego County website at http://rptsweb.oswegocounty.com/search.aspx

A local resident who purchased property in June  recently received a solicitation from Record Transfer Services, based in Westlake Village, Calif.

The company offered to provide “property assessment profile” and a copy of the deed.

“This information is public record and has been available on the county government website for years,” said Real Property Tax Director Deborah Mullenax. “There isn’t any reason to pay a company in California for information on your property.”

Backus said that when a piece of property is legally transferred, the new transaction is recorded in the County Clerk’s Office and the new owner receives the original deed.

A copy of the deed costs $5 and is available at the County Clerk’s Office.

Those who have questions may call the County Clerk’s Office at 349-8621 (1-800-596-3200, ext. 8621), or the Real Property Tax Service at 349-8315 (1-800-596-3200, ext. 8315), or visit the offices in the County Office Building, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego.