Property Fraud Unit

Property and recording fraud is one of the fastest growing white collar crimes. Fraudsters often target paid-for homes that have no mortgage, usually owned by an elderly person who may have no heirs, and file forged ownership documents with a county recorder.

Once the document is recorded, it is up to the homeowner to petition the court, at their own expense, to get a court order to have the fraudulent recording removed. Selling the home or trying to obtain a mortgage or a refinancing can be impossible until the fraud issue is resolved.

We offer a free Property Fraud Alert that will call or email you any time a document is recorded against your property, or the property of a loved one.

If you receive an alert and/or are concerned about fraud, please contact our Property Fraud Unit at rod.fraud@cookcountyil.gov, and our staff will help research the problem and coordinate a law enforcement response where indicated.

IMPORTANT INFO – READ FIRST!

The Free Property Fraud Alert will help you protect your most valuable asset by providing a phone call or email when any document affecting your property is filed in our office. Make sure you add FraudAlert@mail.ccrecorder.org to your email’s safe senders or whitelist.

  • Check your property’s Chain-of-Title to ensure there are not fraudulent documents already there.
  • PIN validity is important. If you enter wrong PIN, you will not receive an alert.
  • After you type your PIN, your street address will display to ensure accuracy.
  • If you register a condo, make sure the last 4 digits of the PIN are entered.
  • For email alerts, look for the Registration Confirmation email in your Junk or Spam folder.
  • The Fraud Alert is a notice of recordation, not a freeze on title.
  • If you don’t know your PIN, click here to retrieve it.
     

 

Contact our Property Fraud Unit at rod.fraud@cookcountyil.gov.