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Recorder Yarbrough Asks ‘Home Title Lock’ to Stop Using CCRD in Advertisements

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Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough is officially asking a company operating under the name “Home Title Lock” to cease and desist from using the name of the Office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds to sell a fraud monitoring service that CCRD offers for free. In a recent Chicago television interview, a representative from […]

Local Realtor First in Illinois to Offer Fraud Alert Signup

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Thanks to a new state law authored by Cook County Recorder of Deeds (CCRD) Karen A. Yarbrough, Tracey B. Williams of A.R.E. Partners in Chicago became the first Realtor/Broker in Illinois to become an official registrar for CCRD’s Free Property Fraud Alert monitoring service. CCRD’s Free Property Fraud Alert is a software program that scans […]

Dirty Deeds: NBC Shows How Loophole Could Cost You Your Home

NBC 5’s Lisa Parker gets at the heart of the problem with property and recording fraud: criminals and bad actors abusing the open recording system and a collective sense of honesty on which we all rely. [evp_embed_video url=”″ width=”450″ height=”250″] Because homeowner’s can’t “freeze” their property titles and because County Recorders aren’t allowed by law […]

CCRD and Greater Chatham Alliance Team Up for Fraud Prevention Event

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On Saturday, November 9, 2013, Cook County Recorder Karen A. Yarbrough and top members of her staff will join with the Greater Chatham Alliance community organization to offer a Free Property and Deed Fraud Awareness Seminar. The event will take place at Crerar Presbyterian Church, 8100 S. Calumet, in Chicago, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. […]

Recorder Yarbrough Warns Residents About Document Resellers and Deed Providers

Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen A. Yarbrough is warning property owners about solicitations from “deed providers” – companies that resell property documents that can be obtained from the Recorder’s Office directly for much cheaper. These companies are not affiliated with the Cook County Recorder, or any government agency. Deed provider solicitations are often designed […]

Yarbrough’s Anti-Fraud Legislative Agenda Headed to Governor

Victims of property and recording fraud could soon have new tools to fight back and clear their titles thanks to the Illinois General Assembly’s recent passage of Cook County Recorder Karen A. Yarbrough’s anti-fraud legislative agenda. Recording fraud is the recordation of a document known to be fraudulent in an attempt to create a “cloud […]