NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Register of Deeds has a free online Consumer Notification Service to protect county property owners against fraud.
“Many jurisdictions across the country have reported unscrupulous individuals recording fraudulent land documents, making it appear they own another person’s home or property,” said Register of Deeds Tammy Theusch Beasley. “Unfortunately, we have seen this type of crime take place in New Hanover County and the Register of Deeds office is out front actively protecting consumers.”
Any owner of real property in New Hanover County can sign up for the Consumer Notification Service free of charge by visiting registerofdeeds.nhcgov.com and clicking on the “Fraud Alert” link. This free program will not prevent fraud, but will allow residents to find out about it quickly.
Owners are able to monitor their real estate records for unusual activities like changes in deeds, mortgages, mortgage discharges, non-mortgage liens, homesteads or other land documents that might be recorded against the property. If a document is recorded against one of the names inputted for monitoring, the subscriber will be alerted via email, usually within 24 hours.
If an owner believes a fraudulent land record has been recorded against their property, they should immediately contact New Hanover County Registry of Deeds Customer Service at 910-798-7711.
The New Hanover County Registry of Deeds is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. Learn more about the New Hanover County Register of Deeds at registerofdeeds.nhcgov.com and on Facebook.
Tammy Beasley, Registrar