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.  The Pinellas County Clerk’s office offers a FREE service that can help protect you against this.  Once you sign up for the service you will receive an alert of any document recorded with your name in the Official Records.  The alert will contain the document number and type with the recorded date and name.  You can then search the Clerk’s online Official Records to see if the alert pertains to you.  Sign up for alerts at

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