According to the FBI, property and mortgage fraud is one of the fastest growing white-collar crimes. Scammers file fraudulent deeds, making it appear as if they own the property. These scammers then trick people into giving them money to rent or buy those homes.
This type of fraud can go undetected if the property owner does not periodically check the Official Records in the county where they own property. Although checking does not prevent the actual fraudulent activity from occurring, it does provide an early warning of what may have otherwise gone undetected.
The Carteret County Register of Deeds offers citizens a free Recording Notification Service via automated emails. Citizens can request monitoring of up to 10 different names or variations per registered email address. When a document is recorded into the Official Records of Carteret County with an identity that is being monitored, an email will automatically be sent to the registered email address.