The Pinellas County Clerk of the Court's office has launched a free Property Fraud Alert Subscription Service. The program, called Cover Your Assets, allows residents to sign up to be notified immediately, either by phone or email, of any document recorded against their property in the Official Records of the Pinellas County Clerk's office where deeds, mortgages and other documents are recorded.
According to the FBI, property and mortgage fraud is the fastest growing white-collar crime. Property fraud occurs when someone files a fraudulent document in the Official Records against your property. Often times, this can go undetected if the property owner does not periodically check their property in the Official Records. 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.
More information regarding the Cover Your Assets program can be found here. Or to sign up, please click here. Brochures can also be found at City Hall.