Eagle County offers free registration notification service to deter real estate fraud

To alert residents of possible real estate fraud, the Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s Office offers a free service Registration notification service which will send an email alert to residents when a document, such as a deed or power of attorney, is registered using a monitored name. With this service, residents can request monitoring of up to five different names per registered email address.

Names on file must match the name (Grantor/Grantee) on the document on file in the public record (eg, exact name of Owner, Trust, LLC, etc.). When a document is registered in the public archives using a monitored name, a notice will be sent to the email address under which this name was registered.

“This service does not prevent the registration of a potentially fraudulent document,” said clerk and recorder Regina O’Brien. “However, it provides notification that will help a homeowner take immediate action. This early warning system is better than late discovery of fraud months or years later.

Recently, some Eagle County properties have been illegally listed for sale on real estate apps by people other than the rightful owners. Scammers use various online real estate market companies and pretend to be landlords or rightful owners. Often, the scam involves asking for deposits through wire transfers, money transfer apps, or even gift cards. Please report any fraudulent activity to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

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