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COVID19 Brings New Wave of Cybercrime

The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented access for cybercriminals to prey upon Americans who are shopping, working and doing virtually everything online – from home. Even real estate transactions are being handled more online.

According to cybercrime experts, we are all at greater risk of identity theft. But, common identity thefts (credit, ATM cards, and driver’s license misuse) are nothing compared to losing your home.

The crime is Home Title Fraud. Cyber-criminals, foreign and domestic target our homes. Why? Because they stand to gain tens, even hundreds of thousands by taking over the title to your home. But it doesn’t just stop there. Cyber-criminals can literally have you evicted from your home. That’s why the FBI warns homeowners that Title Fraud is one of America's fastest growing white-collar crimes.

With the continued pandemic of COVID-19, many county recording offices are temporarily closed or short staffed. This means documents are piling up and most likely will be rushed through the recording and filing process. This could make it even easier for these criminals to pass off forged documents. During a real estate deal, if a deed can not be recorded at the close of a transaction there would be a time-gap in the public record that scammers can exploit to resell that same house. Expect a huge spike in deed fraud and title theft in 2020 and even into 2021. 


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WARNING! You will spend tens of thousands of dollars in court trying to regain ownership of your home. NOTE: Title Fraud is NOT covered by your homeowner's insurance, bank or common identity theft programs.

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Today's System Isn't Protecting You From Title Theft

"People think there's somebody that's checking your signature. Nobody is checking any of these things. Nobody is looking out for you but you."

— Matthew Cox (Convicted Home Title Thief)

  • County clerk won't call you if someone changes title on your home
  • Homeowners insurance doesn't cover home title theft
  • Credit card or traditional identity protection doesn't cover home title theft

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How Easily Title Fraud Occurs

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

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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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