Recorder of Deeds Johnson warns residents of deed scam

Private company Record Retrieval offering property deeds at excessive cost
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 | 5:54 p.m. CDT; updated 6:08 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 29, 2011

COLUMBIA – Boone County residents should not respond to an offer mailed to them by private company Record Retrieval, Recorder of Deeds Bettie Johnson said.

Johnson said the Fulton-based company is offering residents a copy of their property deeds for $87 or more. Most property owners receive their deeds at the time of purchase.

If a new deed is needed, they are available directly from the recorder's office for $1 per page, plus $1 for certification. Because most deeds are one to two pages long, the total cost is usually less than $5.

To get your deed, Record Retrieval contacts the Boone County Recorder's Office themselves for this low price, then charges residents much more.

Johnson urges residents to ignore these letters and to contact her office if they receive such a letter. Her office is in Room 132 of the Roger B. Wilson Boone County Government Center, 801 E. Walnut St. You can also call 886-4345 or email


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