According to the FBI, property fraud is one of the fastest growing white collar crimes, and anyone who owns property is at risk.
Unfortunately, it’s not difficult for a criminal to record a fraudulent deed for your property, making it appear as if they now own your home. Once this is done, they can use your home as collateral on a loan or even attempt to sell your home to an unsuspecting buyer. You are the one left to sort out the mess once the criminals have skipped town with the money.
To prevent this from happening to you, register for the Property Fraud Alert System at www.propertyfraudalert.com. This service will alert you anytime someone records anything with your information on it with your county. There is no charge for this service. Most NH County Registries of Deeds offer the service directly from their websites, or you may call 1-800-728-3858 to register.
If you do become a victim of property fraud or any other type of identity theft, the Lawyer Referral Service of the New Hampshire Bar Association can help with a referral to an attorney who is trained to handle this type of legal matter. Call LRS at 603-229-0002 or request an online referral.