Free title protection alerts at the auditor’s office
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The Franklin County Auditor’s Office hopes to give homeowners peace of mind with an added layer of protection against title theft and fraud.
Imagine opening a mail with a mortgage refinance offer that is not addressed to you, or you stop receiving official documents in the mail.
“So when I was the county auditor, we heard from a number of landowners concerned about title theft,” Franklin County auditor Michael Stinziano said.
He noted that a name or address change could be a red flag when an owner is the victim of title theft or fraud.
“It was so unknown, knowing that these documents exist here, that there are people with technological abilities who can cause problems. “
His office explained that of the 60,000 properties registered and classified by his office, three to four cases have come to their attention. Recently, the Auditor’s Office unveiled a new electronic property alert system to provide additional protection for homeowners.
“We’re excited that this is a free service that offers that extra protection and security that we’ve heard about that is so important to property owners and so we want to continue to develop that.” “
To register for the program, simply visit the auditor’s website and add your email address to start receiving notifications about your home.
“It may not even be title related, if there is a change in value, something the auditor’s office does on a regular basis, then if you register that property you would be notified of that change in property.” “
Since the launch of the program, Stinziano said the response has been excellent.
“We also encourage you to visit your property, to make sure the record is correct, or if there is any other due diligence or things that we need to clean up on our end, to take advantage of it.”
If you think you might be the victim of title theft, he urges you to contact his office immediately.
“We have an anti-fraud hotline if anyone has any concerns whether it’s on their property or other county-wide functions, we encourage them to contact the Franklin County Auditor’s office and we’ll use our resources or contact the appropriate law enforcement if needed. “
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