Continuing his efforts to protect Norfolk County homeowners against dishonest individuals, Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell reminds residents about the availability of a free on-line Consumer Notification Service offered by the Registry to protect Norfolk County property owners against potential property fraud.
“The F.B.I. has reported that property and mortgage fraud is one of the fastest growing white collar crimes in the United States. Many 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 manifested itself in Norfolk County, I want to make sure my office is proactively and vigorously protecting consumers,” noted Register O’Donnell.
Any owner of real property in any of the twenty-eight communities comprising Norfolk County can sign-up for the Consumer Notification Service free of charge by doing the following: From the Registry’s website, www.norfolkdeeds.org, click on the button
Consumer Notification Alerts to complete initial registration. From there, follow the remaining sign-up instructions. Once you have signed 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 changes in liens, deeds, homesteads or other land documents that might be recorded against the property.
If a document is recorded against one of the names inputted for monitoring, the subscriber will be alerted via email, usually within 24 hours. If a subscriber believes a fraudulent land record has been recorded against their property, they would then immediately contact the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101. Another option available to those who receive a notification is to consult the Registry’s on-line land research records at www.norfolkresearch.org.
The subscriber would also be given a list of public safety referrals by the Registry. Register O’Donnell concluded, “Part of my job as Register is to provide secure, accurate and accessible land records for all Norfolk County communities. I also want to be proactive in ensuring there is no fraudulent activity related to land document recordings.
By offering the Consumer Notification Service, we will be able to provide a level of protection to the program’s subscribers against unscrupulous individuals who would attempt to commit property and mortgage fraud.”
The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High Street, Dedham is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or on the web at www.norfolkdeeds.org.