County offers free property fraud alert

Sheboygan County’s Register of Deeds Ellen Schleicher urged county residents to take advantage of a new, free service being offered by the Register of Deeds office to help protect people against property fraud. People can sign up through the county’s website to receive Property Fraud Alerts, an automated database that monitors activity involving land records filed in the Sheboygan County Register of Deeds office.

According to reports from the FBI, there is no faster growing white collar crime in this country than property and mortgage fraud.

Since March 2009, federal authorities have charged nearly 400 people nationwide, including 67 from the Chicago area for their alleged roles in one of the largest mortgage fraud schemes prosecuted. The Sheboygan County Register of Deeds office is now helping to protect Sheboygan County consumers and offer an extra safety net.

The Property Fraud Alert system notifies individuals when transactions involving their property are recorded in the Register of Deeds office.

It provides people advanced notice of possible fraudulent activity involving their land records. This can include notice of fraudulent liens or mortgages.

Dane and Milwaukee counties were the first in the state to make the Property Fraud Alerts available for citizens.

Those Sheboygan County citizens that are interested can sign-up online on the Register of Deeds website by clicking on “Property Fraud Alert”.

“This service is easy to sign up for and offers a little extra peace of mind with just a few clicks of the computer mouse,” Sheboygan County Register of Deeds Ellen Schleicher said.

“Participants can choose whether to receive their alerts via e-mail or over the phone.”

The free service and database are managed and maintained by Fidlar Technologies, the county’s software provider for land records.

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