According to the FBI, property fraud is one of the fastest growing white-collar crimes in the United States. Criminals file fake deeds or other land records to appear as if they own property that is not actually theirs, and then they deceive people into giving them money to buy or rent those homes.
There are companies which offer to monitor your title and help you fight when somebody tries to claim your property, while some counties offer a risk alert notification service.
Collier County for example offers a free risk alert notification service to help property owners monitor their recorded property records for fraudulent activity.
Subscribers will be sent an email alert when a deed, lien, mortgage or other land record matching the subscriber’s criteria has been recorded into the Official Records of Collier County.
Although this service does not prevent the actual fraudulent activity from occurring, it provides the subscriber an opportunity to verify whether the activity was initiated by them or by a scammer committing fraud.
Click here to enroll in the Collier County program.
And here for the Lee County program.
If you own property in other Counties I suggest googling Property Fraud Alert and the name of the County.
Andrew Oliver, M.B.E., M.B.A.
Real Estate Advisor
800 Laurel Oak Drive, Suite 400, Naples, FL 34108
Licensed in Massachusetts