With the 2016 Property Value Notice Annie received this week from the Tarrant Appraisal District came a dire warning. In bold print it warned her to “Protect your most valuable investment.” Seems there are crooks out there who may illegally use our property for financial gain. How can this possibly happen?
Well, someone may try to record a document in the County Clerk’s Office attempting to make it look like he or she owns your home or property. This is a serious matter because, according to the FBI, property and mortgage fraud is the fastest growing white-collar crime.
Never fear. You can do something about it. Subscribe to the free notification service provided by the Tarrant County Clerk’s Office to get a heads up if someone tries to file documents on your property. Check out this web site–<www.propertyfraudalent.com/tarranttx>
The Tarrant County’s program is called Property Fraud Alert and it alerts individuals to potentially fraudulent activity involving their personal information.
“When something is filed in the county clerk’s office and it has your name in it, it will send you an e-mail or give you a phone call and let you know,” explains County Clerk Mary Louise Garcia.
If you prefer, you may call the Property Fraud Alert Hotline at 1-800-728-3848. Someone will be happy to help you.
Our Tarrant County County Clerk and her staff want us to… Be informed…Be alert…Be notified. At least that’s the message her office is sending to us.
Annie Ambles learns about Property Fraud