The Clerk's Office has a dedicated Property Fraud Unit that focuses on the prevention and investigation of property fraud. Property owners should always be on alert for potential Property or Recording fraud against their home or properties. Fraudsters can target homes paid-for homes that have no mortgage and file forged documents with a county recorder.
Once the document is recorded, it is up to the homeowner to petition the court, at their own expense, to get a court order to have the fraudulent recording removed. Selling the home or trying to obtain a mortgage or a refinancing can be impossible until the fraud issue is resolved.
We offer a free Property Fraud Alert that will call or email you any time a document is recorded against your property, or the property of a loved one.
If you receive an alert and/or are concerned about fraud, please contact our Property Fraud Unit at [email protected], and our staff will help research the problem and coordinate a law enforcement response where indicated.