YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – Many homeowners in York County have received an official-looking letter with their property information.
The letter recommends paying $86 to get a copy of your deed, title, and other documents a new homeowner might need.
It’s only in fine print on the bottom that it says it’s an optional service.
We called the number on the letter and reached a California-based company called Property Profile, Inc.
Local attorney Edward Paskey showed us the loopholes.
“When you look at the address on Google Earth, it is either a Starbucks, a Walgreens, a dental office, a Great Clips, or a UPS store,” said Paskey.
Paskey predicts the company has a PO box to receive checks. It’s unknown whether people actually get what they pay for.
“It’s clear that they’re charging an excessive fee for the service they’re providing,” said Paskey.
Either way, he warns it’s not worth paying.
“The information you are getting from them you can get for free or for minimal cost and clearly not $86,” said Paskey.
County spokesman Mark Walters believes the company is getting homeowner information by searching through piles of public data.
“My guess is whoever is sending this out probably sought public information and is then trying to turn around and sell it,” Walters said.