WASHINGTON CO. OFFERS PROPERTY FRAUD ALERT PROGRAM

  

The Washington County Clerk’s Office is now offering a free service to property owners to alert them of potential property fraud.

According to County Clerk Beth Rothermel, the service is provided by Washington County in partnership with Edoc Technologies, and is designed with the goal of reducing fraudulently-recorded documents that could potentially affect property ownership.

The service will notify users within 24 hours when a deed, mortgage, lien or other land record with their registered name on it has been recorded into the county’s official public records.

Individuals can register their name or names, along with an email address or cell phone number for contact.  Rothermel encourages the registration of all variations of a person’s name, as the more names that are registered, the better the chance of a document being caught by the system.

The program can be accessed through the county’s website, www.co.washington.tx.usA direct link is available here.

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3 Comments

  1. Curious as to why the site link on the County’s website is “not secure.” (not an https)

  2. I think the property fraud-alert program is a good idea, and I’d like to see one started in Austin and other surrounding counties, not just for surface property but mineral property as well. But program or not, it’s a good idea to go to the courthouse one a year and check for liens, leases that overstep mineral ownership boundaries and other such matters. Watch for encroachments as well. I’ve had to rectify a couple of these problems on my own properties over the years. I have no tolerance for it.

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