‘Beware of Property Deed Scam’: Lake County Recorder

Dear Editor:

The Lake County Recorder’s office has been flooded with phone calls asking about an official letter they received in the mail regarding the deed to their home.  There are two companies out to scam you and I urge you to be careful, especially if you have recently purchased a home or refinanced your home.  These companies see you as vulnerable because you want to be sure all of your paperwork is in order regarding your recent transactions.

Please be on the lookout for solicitations from Illinois Deed Providers or Deed Retrieval Services.  These companies are contacting Lake County homeowners in an effort to provide you with a certified copy of the deed to your home for an outrageous payment of $99 plus $4.50 for postage and handling. 

There may come a time when you do need to reference the deed to your home.  As often happens, people misplace their deeds or in some instances, never actually received the original deed at the time they purchased their home.  For your protection, all requests for copies of deeds should be handled directly through the Recorder’s office.  The average deed is four pages or less, with a copy fee of only $1 per page. As you can see, these unscrupulous businesses are roughly making a $95 profit on every request they handle.  Let’s put them out of business!  Please do not respond to the scam.

As the keeper of the property records for all of Lake County, I do not want to see anyone needlessly harmed by these deceptive offers.  I would encourage anyone with a question, concern or need for a copy to contact my office directly at 847.377.2575.  We will be happy to send you whatever paperwork you need, at the statutory cost, without any handling or postage fees.

Mary Ellen Vanderventer,

Lake County Recorder


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