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Property and recording fraud is one of the fastest growing white collar crimes. Fraudsters often target paid-for homes that have no mortgage, usually owned by an elderly person who may have no heirs, and file forged ownership documents with a County Recorder.

Once the document is recorded, it is up to the homeowner to petition the court, at their own expense, to get a court order to have the fraudulent recording removed. Selling the home or trying to obtain a mortgage or a refinancing can be impossible until the fraud issue is resolved.

Click Here to Sign Up for Our FREE Property Fraud Alert!

We offer a Free Property Fraud Alert that will call or email you any time a document is recorded against your property, or the property of a loved one.

If you receive an alert and/or are concerned about fraud, please contact our Fraud Unit at (312) 603-4000, and our staff will help research the problem and coordinate a law enforcement response.

Click Here to Learn How to Check Your Deed for Fraud

Watch this short video on property fraud and how to sign up for our Free Property Fraud Alert


karen yarbrough cook county recorder of deeds