Recording Activity Notification (RAN)
According to the FBI, property and mortgage fraud is the fastest growing white-collar crime. Property Fraud is when someone illegally uses your property for financial gain. An instance of this entails someone recording a fraudulent deed and/or lien against your property in the Official Records of the Citrus County Clerk’s Office.
Although the alert system does not prevent the actual fraudulent activity from taking place, it does provide an early warning system for subscribers to become aware of what may have otherwise gone undetected. Subscribers armed with this notification system will be able to take prompt, appropriate action if they determine the activity to be fraudulent.
The Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller is required by law to record all documents that meet the requirements outlined in Florida Statute 28.222. The Clerk has no authority to refuse to record a properly prepared document, even if it may be fraudulent. No document can be removed from the Official Records without a court order. Therefore, citizens are urged to contact local law enforcement and/or an attorney for prompt, appropriate action if fraud is suspected. To review further information about fraudulent activity in the official records, you may reference Florida Statute 817.535.
To file a report, you will need to contact the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at 352-726-4488, or their Civil Office at 352-341-6525, and/or your attorney or legal adviser. If you do not have an attorney, you will need to contact the local bar association or legal aid for assistance. Neither the Clerk, Property Appraiser or Tax Collector offices can take legal action on your behalf to reverse the fraudulent activity.
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- What if I have properties in other counties?
- What will distinguish one John Doe from another?
- How are people committing fraud in this way?
- I received an alert. How can I view the document?
- What should I do if I think I may be the victim of property fraud?
- If a document is proven fraudulent, can it be removed from the Official Records?
The Clerk neither expresses nor implies warrant that the notification service is accurate or correct. The Clerk shall not be liable for any loss, cost, damage, or expense arising directly or indirectly in connection with this service. In no event shall the Clerk be liable for any special or consequential damages or for any indirect damages resulting from the Customer’s use or application of the information accessed as a result of using this service. This service does not protect against fraud or make any claims to, it simply provides notification to the Customer so that the Customer can take prompt legal action to remedy the fraud. The Clerk may terminate this service, or any individual subscription, at any time without notification.