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    Be Aware! Solicitation Fraud

    The Lynchburg Circuit Court Clerk's Office, as well as many other Clerk's Offices across the Commonwealth, have been contacted by citizens regarding a mail solicitation saying that a copy of your home deed can be obtained by sending this company $83.00. It has become so widespread, that the Attorney General of Virginia, Mark Herring, has released a statement on March 7, 2014 warning Virginia citizens of this solicitation. 
    The solicitation has been titled by the company as a "Deed Processing Notice" and has a return address of Sioux Falls, SD. It  appears to be an official notice but is nothing more than a solicitation. Citizens need to be aware that they can obtain a copy of their deed or related documents from the local Circuit Court Clerk's Office where the recording was made for a copying fee of .50 cents per page (typically 2 to 3 pages) at any time they need it. Homeowners are under no obligation to respond to this or to purchase a copy of their deed.
    If you believe you have been a victim of a fraud or another consumer crime, call the Virginia Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-552-9963.
    Eugene C. Wingfield
    900 Court St.
    Lynchburg, VA 24504