Protect Your Property From Deed Fraud
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Deed fraud happens when a fraudulent deed is recorded against a property. In many cases, the owner may not even be aware that a deed was recorded against their property.
Deed fraud is a serious crime. The City Register at the Department of Finance reviews documents submitted for recording and reports suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s office for investigation. What can you do to prevent deed fraud?
- Register for the Recorded Document Notification Program online to get notified anytime a document is recorded related to your property. If you are unable to register online, complete and mail an application ( اللغة العربية | বাঙালি | 中文 | français | kreyòl ayisyen | 한국어 | Polski | русский | español | اردو ).
- Check the City Register’s records often using the ACRIS system to make sure that there are no deeds or mortgages that you are not aware of recorded on your property.
- If your property is not occupied, you should check often to make sure it is not occupied illegally.
- Ask someone you trust to look after your house if you are going to be away for a long period of time.
- Do not let mail pile up if you are going out of town.
- Make sure that the Department of Finance has the correct mailing address for you or the person who should receive notices about your property.
- Contact us if you suddenly stop receiving notices from Finance that you used to get.
- If you suspect any kind of deed fraud, report it immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What to do if you think you may be a victim of deed fraud: Act quickly!
- Report fraud to the Sheriff’s department immediately.
- Get a certified copy of the fraudulent document from the City Register’s office.
- Contact the District Attorney’s office in the borough where the property is located and report the crime.
You may want to consult an attorney to confirm your ownership in the property.