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County offering property fraud alert

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The Monroe News

Property Fraud Alert is a free online subscription service offered to Monroe County property/home owners.

The subscription allows owners to have their name and/or parcel number recorded with the Monroe County Register of Deeds’ office to be monitored in order to track possible fraudulent recordings that affect their property.

“The threat of mortgage fraud and identity theft crimes continue to rise, and all too often victims of these types of fraudulent activities are unaware their homes or identity have been stolen,” said Annamarie Osment, Monroe County Clerk/Register of Deeds.

“While Property Fraud Alert does not prevent fraud from happening, it does provide an early warning to property owners to take the appropriate actions should they determine fraudulent activity has taken place.”

A common property fraud scenario involves someone filing a fake deed and making it appear that the actual owner had transferred ownership of a parcel to someone else.

The criminal then takes that deed to a bank, fraudulently obtains a mortgage and then disappears with a large amount of money.

While it can happen to anyone, perpetrators of property fraud often prey on the elderly, people in long-term care facilities, absentee property owners and owners who spend significant time of the year out of town.

With Property Fraud Alert, subscribers will be notified when the name they have submitted for monitoring is used in any recording activities within the Monroe County Register of Deeds office.

When subscribing to the service, the subscriber has the option to choose either email or telephone notification.

“The best protection against property fraud is being proactive,” Osment said. “This service is easy to sign up for and offers a little extra peace of mind.”

Property Fraud Alert is now available by subscription on the web at https://pfa.fidlar.com/MIMonroe or by calling 800-728-3858.

Fidlar is the county’s provider of this service. Persons may also access the program sign up on the County website: co.monroe.mi.us/officials_and_departments/officials/register_of_deeds/index .php.

Source: on 2021-03-12 10:33:45

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