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