Property Fraud Unit

Click here to apply for a free property fraud alert!

Property and recording fraud is one of the fastest growing white collar crimes. Fraudsters often target paid-for homes that have no mortgage, usually owned by an elderly person who may have no heirs, and file forged ownership 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.


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] and [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.


If you sign up for a phone call:  You will get an automated phone message advising you that a document has been recorded against your property.   If you get such a call, please go on our website and look up your property to review the chain of title for recently recorded documents.   

If you sign up for an email: You will receive an email from [email protected].  The email will provide you with a link to the Clerk’s Official Vendor’s website at  Clicking on the link will take you directly to your property’s chain of title so you can review it for recently recorded documents. 


Contact our Property Fraud Unit at c[email protected].