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Letter from "County Deed Records" Circulates in Iowa

posted on 5/17/23




[Fort Dodge, Iowa> On Monday May 1, the Webster County Recorder’s Office assisted a resident with questions about a confusing letter they received, which was quickly reported to local law enforcement. The letter claimed to be from “County Deed Records” with inaccurate information about the recipient’s home warranty expiration date. The letter also contained a “renewal fee voucher” for $199, which resembles a check and requests immediate action to call or be left vulnerable to repair costs. The Iowa County Recorders Association in partnership with Iowa Land Records confirm that this information is not legitimate. Similar letters have been found across the country.

Please note: The Cedar County Recorder’s Office is not affiliated with “County Deed Records” in any manner.

Thankfully, in the Webster County incident, the resident came into the Webster County Recorder’s office with questions before taking any action. If you or someone you know has received a letter claiming to be from the County Deed Records, please DO NOT RESPOND to the letter in any way.

  • Do not pay
  • Do not call
  • Do not go to the website
  • Do not return any mail requests


Webster County Recorder, Lindsay Laufersweiler, had this to say about the letter,

“Thankfully this individual came into the office to research. This mailing was NOT sent by County Recorders. (Please remember to) do your research and ask questions. You’ll be glad you did!”

Since 1839, County Recorders are responsible for the maintenance and management of any official property and real estate documents in the state. The Iowa County Recorders Association was created by Recorders to provide additional resources and governance to each Recorder’s office and supporting staff. Created and maintained by County Recorders and the Electronic Services System, Iowa Land Records is an easy-to-use online database and electronic submission service that allows users to search and submit real estate documents in all of Iowa’s 99 counties.

To find your County Recorder, go to


For more information or questions about this press release, please contact the Cedar County Recorder, Melissa Bahnsen at or 563-886-2230.

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