Safe Spot: Property Fraud Alert
This past week I received a letter from Recorder of Deeds, Sharon Quigley Carpenter regarding property fraud.
"According to the FBI, Property and Mortgage Fraud is the fastest growing white-collar crime. It can be as simple as someone recording a fraudulent document in the County Land Records Offices making it look like they now own your home or property."
On the City's website, you can sign up to have your name or business monitored. You would be notified when a document is recorded with your name match.
What is it?
When someone illegally uses your property for financial gain.
How does it happen?
Someone records a fraudulent document in the Count Land Records Office, making it look like they own your home or property.
Should I be concerned?
Yes, according to the FBI Property and Mortgage Fraud is the fastest growing white-collar crime.
What can I do about it?
Your County Land Records Office has teamed up to create a notification service called Property Fraud Alert!
Subscribe free of charge:
or for further details contact City of St. Louis Recorder's Office at 314-622-3547.
The Recorder of Deeds not only processes land deeds, marriage licenses, birth and death records, but also issue certified copies of all these documents for $5-$25 within 3 business days or less.
Recorder of Deeds
City Hall, Room 126
1200 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
The Recorder of Deeds Office is a public office, so everyone is welcome to come in or call at any time. For more info, please visit www.stlouiscityrecorder.org.