Property Fraud Unit

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.

IMPORTANT INFO – READ FIRST!

The Free Property Fraud Alert will help you protect your most valuable asset by providing a phone call or email when any document affecting your property is filed in our office. Make sure you add [email protected] to your email’s safe senders or whitelist.

  • Check your property’s Chain-of-Title to ensure there are not fraudulent documents already there.
  • PIN validity is important. If you enter the wrong PIN, you will not receive an alert.
  • After you type your PIN, your street address will be displayed to ensure accuracy.
  • If you register a condo, make sure the last 4 digits of the PIN are entered.
  • For email alerts, look for the Registration Confirmation email in your Junk or Spam folder.
  • The Fraud Alert is a notice of recordation, not a freeze on title.
  • If you don’t know your PIN, click here to retrieve it.
     

 

Contact our Property Fraud Unit at [email protected].