A scheme regarding property deeds has been reported by the Washington County Recorder’s office. Reportedly, a California company is contacting area property owners and offering to obtain a copy of their deed for $83. County Recorder Jo Greiner states this is more expensive than the photocopy fee or email fee the county charges. Also, new property owners receive a deed at the time of purchase, regardless of if there is a mortgage on the property. Also, if at any time the deed cannot be found, a photocopy can always be received from the Recorder’s office. Contact the recorder’s office with any questions or concerns.