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Recent Ky. Homebuyers Warned Of Solicitation

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says recent homebuyers in the state are being targeted by solicitations that try to sell them copies of their property deeds for excessive fees.

The Kentucky Real Estate Commission and Kentucky County Clerks Association are joining Conway in warning homebuyers to be on the lookout for the official-looking mailings being sent by "Record Transfer Services."

Conway said Tuesday the direct-mail solicitations ask homebuyers to pay an $83 document fee to obtain copies of their current deeds. He says the mailings are confusing and misleading. Conway says property deeds and other public records are available at local county clerk's offices for a nominal fee.

Conway says the mailing — which is titled as a "Recorded Deed Notice" — attempts to look official.