Consider protecting your real property by signing up for Property Fraud Alert . By filing fake deeds, scammers can appear to own property and attempt to rent or sell property without the owner's knowledge.
This free service, provided by the Leon County Clerk of Court, can notify you if a deed has been recorded in another party’s name. Property Fraud Alert sends email notifications within 24 hours to registered users.
What can I do to protect myself from property fraud?
- Search the Clerk of Court’s Official Records to see what existing documents are recorded under your name.
- Sign up online for Property Fraud Alert .
- If your property is vacant, check often to make sure it is not illegally occupied.
- Ask someone you trust to look after your property if you are away for an extended period of time.
- Do not let mail pile up when out of town.
- Make sure the Leon County Property Appraiser and the Leon County Tax Collector have the correct mailing address for you or the person who should receive notices about your property.
What should I do if I think I may be the victim of property fraud?
- Contact your local law enforcement and/or your attorney or legal advisor.
Neither the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Property Appraiser, or Tax Collector offices can take legal action on your behalf to reverse fraudulent activity.
For additional information regarding this service, see the Clerk of Court’s Property Fraud FAQs .