Property owners can sign up online or in our office to monitor documents and receive notice of activity

May 1, 2009-the Noble County Recorder’s Office is expanding access to a service that allows users to keep a watchful eye for signs of potentially fraudulent activity involving their property.

“In our current economic climate, people are making tough choices over what to do with every dollar, said Shelley Mawhorter, Noble County Recorder.  “But at the same tough times are making property and mortgage fraud even more of a potential threat.  Opening the Property Fraud Alert service to everyone and making Noble County less attractive to criminals is the best interest of the Community.”

A common property fraud scenario involves a criminal filing a bogus deed making it appear that the actual owner had transferred ownership of a parcel to someone else.  The criminal then takes that deed to a bank, fraudulently obtains a mortgage and then disappears with a large amount of money.

While it can happen to anyone, perpetrators of property fraud often prey on the elderly, people in long term care facilities, absentee property owners and owners who spent large parts of the year out of town.  While these crimes have yet to occur in Noble County in significant numbers, property fraud is a serious problem in other parts of Indiana.  In April 2008, the Federal Bureau of Investigation included Indiana among 10 states that are “significantly affected by mortgage fraud.”

“The best protection we can offer against property fraud is proactive protection,” Mawhorter said.  Everyone should take advantage of this service before this crime infects Noble County.

Please contact the Recorder’s office 260-636-2672 or  for more information on how to sign up. Or click here to download the signup form.