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stevedaytona

join:2008-03-04
Daytona Beach, FL
reply to Jason Levine

Re: [Scam] New York Record Retrieval, Inc.

Does it qualify as a scam when they are (apparently) supplying an actual service? It may be exorbitantly priced but so are many other 'services'.

They even say that records are available fee or at nominal cost.

When I think of scams I think of people being relieved of their money when they are led to believe they will receive something but never do.



Jason Levine
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join:2001-07-13
USA

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A reasonable profit for providing a service is one thing, but making a 1200% profit on a service rises (in my mind at least) to the level of scam.

I'm sure different counties have different procedures, but this is what my County Clerk's office had to say about it:

said by »www.albanycounty.com/county-noti···?id=1951 :

Albany County Clerk Tom Clingan Advises Property Owners to Beware of Deed Copy Scam

My office has received calls from concerned property owners about communications that they've received from "New York Retrieval, Inc" offering to secure a certified copy of the deed to their property for a fee of nearly $60.00.

This private company is in fact re-selling certified copies of deeds that can be purchased directly from my office for about ONE-TENTH of that price.

I am asking the news media to let the public know that these mailings are NOT coming from my office, which is the ONLY source for certified copies of property deeds. The public needs to know that New York Retrieval, Inc., is NOT a government entity.
The county clerk goes on to say that (for Albany, NY) deeds can be purchased online for $1.25 per page (minimum $5 fee). I've seen similar statements from other county clerks when searching for information on NY Record Retrieval, Inc.

EDIT: Minimum, not maximum.

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Jason Levine
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reply to stevedaytona

One other point from my county clerk:

What's more, this company is asking you to give them your credit card number in payment, something I cannot recommend. We never ask for credit card information, but ask customers to send us a check, which is much safer.
If a company is asking for 1200% profit on something that costs a mere $5 from the county clerk's office, why would I trust them with my credit card number? The whole thing is shady at best.
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Kibbles
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join:1999-07-31
Mission Viejo, CA

So has anyone called them to see if they ask for a CC# even if a check is offered?

Maybe Dateline could do a story on them.


stevedaytona

join:2008-03-04
Daytona Beach, FL

The form letter indicates checks are accepted.

I think Dateline have bigger fish to fry