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Branch County Register of Deeds warns of document scam

Scam alert graphic copyright Midwest communications
Scam alert graphic copyright Midwest communications

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The Branch County Register of Deeds office has issued an alert concerning an apparent deed scam. Nancy Hutchins says she recently became aware that many homeowners in the county received a “Deed Processing Notice” from a company named Property Transfer Service, located in Washington, D.C. Hutchins says the company recommends that all Michigan homeowners obtain a copy of their current recorded deed, available from them for a mere $83.00. According to Hutchins, typically a deed only consists of one page. All recorded documents are public information and can be viewed and purchased in the Register of Deeds Office located at 23 East Pearl Street in Coldwater for One dollar per page. Consequently, Hutchins says she would certainly not recommend that you use the service in Washington to obtain a copy of your deed.