The Minnesota Fidlar eByte – May 2018
Watonwan County Expands Community Outreach Service
- Community Outreach – increase value to constituent
- Property Fraud Alert delivers prompt notification
- Data hacks keep property fraud prevalent
- Honor Rewards – a valuable service for those who served
Fidlar is pleased to offer Community Outreach services and programs that broadens the services made available to constituents by the Recorder of Deeds Office. Property Fraud Alert (PFA) is a service that gives property owners an advantageous position against fraudsters. Whenever there is recording activity associated with their name, whether it be a fraudulent deed, a lien on their property, or a legitimate document – PFA will give notification to the subscriber. This notification provides the lawful owner the opportunity to take appropriate action if necessary.
PFA provides an invaluable service that serves a necessary purpose, which is needed now more than ever. As major data hacks continue to expose property owners’ personal information, property fraud is able to remain prevalent. Other service providers such as TitleLock is a paid service to the consumer that provides a similar but lesser service than PFA, which can be made available, for free to your constituents.
Another of our community outreach programs provides a valuable service to those who served us. Honor Rewards is a rewards program that allows veterans to sign-up to receive their Honor Rewards card, which grants the veteran discounts and benefits at local participating retailers, restaurants, and businesses. Veterans not only gain discounts from local businesses, but will benefit from having their DD-214s recorded by the local Recorder of Deeds Office.
Honor Rewards allows local participating businesses to provide veterans with discounted benefits and services. Offering Honor Rewards throughout the community and the county will prompt individuals to record their important military documents, permitting for replacement of these documents to the veteran or the veteran’s family if the original was ever lost.
“I like being able to offer Honor Rewards and Property Fraud Alert, as they get the Recorder’s Office greater exposure in the community. They give me the opportunity to talk with the public about the importance of the services, along with all the other services we provide in the office. It is also nice being able to offer these two services for free to every constituent that decides to subscribe to them.” – Joy Sing, Watonwan County Recorder of Deeds