Don’t Get Scammed Out of Your Home

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Beware of criminals attempting to take your home right out from under you.

Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Daniel Kinney says that in the “Home Title Fraud” Scam, the crooks impersonate the homeowner so they can refinance or sell the victim’s property for their own benefit.

They first obtain the homeowner’s personal information through identity theft or by stealing mail.

Then, they create false documents, such as a fake driver’s license using the victim’s name and the scammer’s photo. Those false documents are used to sell the home or take out a loan against the property without the homeowner’s knowledge.

TIPS:
  • Shred documents and don’t give out personal information by phone or email.
  • Beware if you stop receiving your usual utility bills and property tax statements.
  • Check your mail. The county sends copies of documents recorded against a property, such as loans and change of ownership.
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If you think you have been a victim of identity theft or the Home Title Fraud Scam, contact your local law enforcement agency.
 
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How Title Fraud Works

Thieves simply change ownership of your home from YOU to THEM. Then they TAKE OUT LOANS on your home and just disappear - leaving YOU with the payments and a mountain of legal bills.

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How Easily Title Fraud Occurs

EVERYTHING is stored online in the cloud - including your home's title

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Domestic and international thieves scour online records for homes with equity. It could be the home you live in, your vacation home, a home of an elderly relative, or rental property you own.


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Once they change your home's ownership from YOU to THEM, they re-file the Quitclaim Deed for your home with the proper authorities so it appears your home has been legally sold.


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They take out personal loans through banks and online lenders using all your home's equity. You likely won't know you're a victim until you start receiving late payments or foreclosure notices.

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Title and Mortgage Fraud are the fastest growing white collar crimes in America.

Everything is stored online these days - including your home's title. Domestic and international cyber-thieves target U.S. homeowners equity in their homes. Removing you from your home's title takes just minutes. Then they forge their name on the title document and refile it. Next, they take out loans using your home's equity and stick you with the payments. You likely won't know until you get a late payment or foreclosure notice from several banks.

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