Wendy J. Goodreau, Baraga County Clerk/Register of Deeds, wants to inform residents of a new online subscription service that allows the public to have their name/property monitored within the Register of Deed’s office for possible fraudulent activity. Subscribers will be notified when the name they have submitted is used in any recording activities within the office. When subscribing to the service, the subscriber will have the option to choose one of the following notification methods – E-Mail or telephone call.
Property Fraud or what is often referred to as Deed or Mortgage Fraud is the fastest growing white-collar crime in America, according to the FBI. Protecting consumers’ information and real estate property are top priorities for Clerk Goodreau and her staff. “The threat of mortgage fraud and identity theft crimes continue to rise, and all too often victims of these types of fraudulent activities are unaware their homes or identity have been stolen,” says Clerk Goodreau. While Property Fraud Alert does not prevent fraud from happening; it provides an early warning system for property owners to take appropriate actions should they determine possible fraudulent activity has taken place.
Property Fraud Alert is now available by subscription on the web at keweenawybay.org or by calling 1-800-728-3858. You may also call the Recorder’s Office at 906-524-6100 with inquiries or to share your communication regarding this subject.