LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – If you are concerned about the increasing rate of property fraud crimes, there is a tool the Ingham County Recorder of Deeds Office wants you to know about.
Registering for free Real estate fraud alert serviceHomeowners will receive notification by phone or email of any documents recorded in the Recorder of Deeds Office in your name, “ensuring you can be proactive and informed about your property and protect yourself from property fraud,” county officials said. .
Some examples of real estate fraud are when an imposter attempts to sell or mortgage a property by posing as the owner, or attempts to take possession of another person’s property.
You can register for the tool online or by phone, and you can enter up to three names per phone number or four names per email address if you want multiple people to receive alerts for the same property.
“This service can be a fantastic tool for a wide range of homeowners: those with elderly parents to protect loved ones from scams or fraud, homeowners with multiple homes or properties, and for homeowners who want the peace of mind of being able to be alerted of any and all documents filed with the Recorder of Deeds Office under his name in Ingham County,” Recorder of Deeds Office officials said.
You can sign up for the fraud alert tool here. If you have questions, you can contact the Recorder of Deeds Office at 517-676-7294 or by email at TGerring@ingham.org (Trisha Gerring, Deputy Chief Registry of Deeds)