The Illinois Fidlar eByte: November 2017


The white-collar crime of mortgage fraud is still prevalent within the United States. Criminals keep finding creative ways to commit these crimes as they continue to record fraudulent documents to gain wrongful ownership of your constituents’ property. By implementing Property Fraud Alert within your office, subscribing constituents will be notified any time there is a document recorded with their name as a party.

Property Fraud Alert gives property owners the beneficial advantage of early notification. This community outreach service will promptly alert a subscriber when there is recording activity associated with their name, whether it be a fraudulent deed, a lien on their property, or a legitimate document. This notification provides the lawful owner the opportunity to take appropriate action if necessary.

For all of these reasons, we have created a complete Property Fraud Alert Launch Kit that includes press releases, letters, FAQs and much more to assist you with making PFA one of the most valuable services offered in the Recorder’s Office. We want our County Partners to be the leading advocates in the fight against property fraud!



Property Fraud Alert is a simple but very effective service. We distributed flyers in over 30,000 assessment notices and got a great response from doing so. I’ve been working to inform the community in as many ways possible about property fraud and to increase awareness of Kankakee County’s PFA service. Recorders are in a great position to assist property owners in protecting what many would consider their most valued possession.” – Lori Gadbois, Kankakee County Recorder