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Property Fraud Alert Subscription Service

Property Fraud Alert

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Protect your property from fraud with the Clerk's Property Fraud Alert

According to the FBI, property and mortgage fraud is the fastest growing white-collar crime. Property Fraud is when someone illegally uses your property for financial gain. An instance of this entails someone recording a fraudulent deed and/or lien against your property in the Official Records of the Pinellas County Clerk's office.

Although the alert system does not prevent the actual fraudulent activity from taking place, it does provide an early warning system for subscribers to become aware of what may have otherwise gone undetected. Subscribers armed with this notification system will be able to take prompt, appropriate action if they determine the activity to be fraudulent.

It's about keeping YOU informed. SIGN UP TODAY!


Below you will find helpful answers to some frequently asked questions:

1. What is the Property Fraud Alert service?
2. What does this service monitor?
3. How does this alert work?
4. Can I sign up even if I don't own property in Pinellas County?
5. Does this subscription service alert me of documents being recorded in other counties?
6. What if I have properties in other counties?
7. What will distinguish one Jim Jones from another?
8. How are people committing fraud in this way?
9. What documents do I need to gather before signing up for this service?
10. How can I sign up for this service?
11. I'm having issues accessing the subscription page online. Do I have to download the Silverlight plug-in?
12. I received an alert now what? How can I view the document?


1. What is the Property Fraud Alert service?
A FREE public service offered by the Pinellas County Clerk's office that can help you detect fraudulent documents recorded with your name in the Clerk's Official Records.

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2. What does this service monitor?
The name you choose to subscribe (business name, maiden name, married name, etc) is the only criteria being monitored. If you have a common name, you may get multiple alerts since it doesn't distinguish one name from another.

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3. How does this alert work?
Once you sign up for the service you will receive an alert, from that day forward, of any document recorded with your name in the Official Records. The alert you receive, either by phone or email, will contain the document number and type, along with the recorded date and name. Using this information, you can easily search the Clerk's online Official Records to see if the alert pertains to you.

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4. Can I sign up even if I don't own property in Pinellas County?
Yes, in the event a document is recorded with your name, you will receive an alert.

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5. Does this subscription service alert me of documents being recorded in other counties?
No, this service only alerts its subscribers of documents being recorded in the Pinellas County Official Records.

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6. What if I have properties in other counties?
Many counties are looking into the possibility of providing this service to their citizens. You may contact the Clerk of the Court in the county of interest to see if they offer such service.

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7. What will distinguish one Jim Jones from another?
There is nothing that will distinguish one name from another. Therefore, a person with a common name, like Jim Jones, will receive multiple alerts.

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8. How are people committing fraud in this way?
Fraud can be committed in a number of ways by recording documents in public records. For example, someone can create a fraudulent document that will deed your home to them and then record that document in Official Records.

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9. What documents do I need to gather before signing up for this service?
The only information you need to provide is your first and last name along with your email address or phone number depending on your preferred contact method. Nothing else is needed when signing up for the service.

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10. How can I sign up for this service?
Anyone can sign up for the Property Fraud Alert subscription service by clicking on the link here or by calling the toll free number (800) 728-3858.

11. I'm having issues accessing the subscription page online. Do I have to download the Silverlight plug-in?
When signing up online, please note that some internet browsers may require you to install the Silverlight plug-in. This plug-in is required by some websites to properly display their content. Once you successfully install the plug-in, you should be able to access the page without any issues. Remember to completely close your browser session after the installation to ensure the changes take effect.

12. I received an alert. How can I view the document?
The alert email will provide you with an Official Records (OR) book and page number to view your document in public records. The book and page number is the document number on the email alert.

See the sample email alert below.

SAMPLE ALERT:

Dear subscriber, a document has recently been recorded that matches the monitor criteria you have provided Jane Doe.

The document information is:

Location: Pinellas, FL

Document Number: 18745 2635

Document Type: RELEASE

Recorded Date: 08-15-2014

Matched Party Name: JOHN DOE

Please visit www.propertyfraudalert.com/nextsteps or call 1-800-728-3858 for information.

If you feel you have received this message in error or you wish to modify your monitor criteria, please contact Property Fraud Alert Customer Service at 1-800-728-3858

ALERT ID 17508931

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