SCAM ALERT: Homeowners Beware ‘Document Fee’

By  //  February 25, 2014

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Anyone who purchased a home could get an official looking letter asking you to pay for a copy of your deed. Beware, this is a scam. 

Tiffany Fortenberry
Tiffany Fortenberry

Fake companies are reportedly soliciting homeowners with a formal-looking letter that resembles a government bill. These companies are using multiple business names such as: Record Transfer Services, Property Transfer Services, Conveyance Transfer Services, Record Retrieval Department and National Deed Service.

In a recent case, new home owners were asked to pay a $83 “document fee” for a Warranty Deed and “Real Property Records” by a certain deadline.

“You will get your original deed back after closing, however, you can also get a copy online from your local county public records or by contacting the title company that closed your transaction,” said Tiffany Fortenberry, co-owner of Prestige Title of Brevard in Melbourne, Fla.


Bobby Freeman

Bobby Freeman, a life-time resident of Brevard County, has been a top Realtor in the area for two decades. In his first year as an agent, Freeman received a Rising Star award from his Brokers. Since then he has achieved numerous sales awards and has recently been presented with the prestigious RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award.

Freeman, Jennifer McCoy and Nikki McCoy Freeman are family partners for RE/MAX Elite’s McCoy-Freeman Group. Together they have more than 30 years of extensive experience in all aspects of the real estate industry and have sold over $200 million.

Among McCoy-Freeman Group’s achievement are RE/MAX Hall of Fame, RE/MAX 100% Club, Certified Distressed Property Experts (CDPE), Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) and voted Best Realtor in Brevard County.

The group has been featured in many news publications including CNN Money Magazine,, WFTV 9 ABC News, Coastal Condo Living, & Hot Retirement Towns Magazine and

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