Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell recently reminded residents that over 750 homeowners have signed up for the free online Consumer Notification Service offered by the registry to protect Norfolk County property owners against fraud.
“The Federal Bureau of Investigation continues to assign resources to combat property and mortgage fraud,” said O’Donnell. “Multiple jurisdictions across the country have reported individuals recording fraudulent documents and making it appear like they own another person’s home or property. While we have been fortunate that this problem has not revealed itself here in Norfolk County, I want to make sure my office is proactively and vigorously protecting consumers.”
Any owner of real property in the 28 communities comprising Norfolk County can sign up for the Consumer Notification Service free of charge by visiting the registry’s website, norfolkdeeds.org, and clicking on the Consumer Notification Service Get Consumer “Alerts” button to complete the initial registration. From there, follow the remaining sign-up instructions.
After signing up for the service, each subscriber will be able to input two names, individual or business, and the corresponding city or town in Norfolk County for monitoring. They can monitor their real estate for such activities as changes in deeds, mortgages, mortgage discharges, non-mortgage liens, Homesteads or other land documents that might be recorded against the property.
“This is an easy process to sign-up for and will only take a few minutes of your time,” said O’Donnell. “This program will not prevent the fraud but it will allow residents to find out about it in order to address the fraud quickly.”
If a document is recorded against one of the names inputted for monitoring, the subscriber will be alerted via email, usually within 24 hours. The person can check the registry’s online land research records at norfolkresearch.org as an option. If a subscriber believes a fraudulent land record has been recorded against their property, they should then immediately contact the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at 781-461-6101. After talking with a registry employee, the subscriber will be given a list of public safety referrals by the registry.
“The core mission of the Registry of Deeds is to record land documents in a secure, accurate and accessible manner,” said O’Donnell. “As your register, I also want to be proactive in minimizing the potential for fraudulent activity related to land document recordings. The Consumer Notification Service provides a level of protection to the program’s subscribers against unscrupulous individuals who would attempt to commit real estate fraud. I urge people to sign up for this program.”
For information: norfolkdeeds.org; 781-461-6101; email@example.com.