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Property fraud can happen in many ways. For example, fraudsters may steal someone’s identity and attempt to acquire ownership of a property by using forged documents. The fraudsters may then raise money by mortgaging the property without the owner’s knowledge before disappearing with the money, leaving the owner to deal with the consequences.

 

 

Land Registry has stopped fraud on properties worth more than £66 million in the last five years. In a recent case, two fraudsters managed to pocket £50k by selling an empty home they didn’t own. Staff at Land Registry spotted the fraud before it was registered but the fraudsters got away with the money and are still wanted by police.

 

 

How Property Alert works

 

  • you will need to set up an online account with Land Registry which is free
  • you will be able to monitor up to ten properties
  • email alerts will be sent when Land Registry receives an application to change the register as well as for official searches (which can be sent to us up to 30 working days before the application is sent and ‘freeze’ the register until the application is received). You can then judge whether or not the activity is suspicious and if you should seek further advice

For example, if you receive an alert that a bank has lodged a search on your property but you haven’t applied for a mortgage, you may want to seek legal advice, contact Action Fraud, or contact the bank in question to tell them you are the owner and have not applied for a mortgage. Investigations into the authenticity of the mortgage application can then begin much earlier in the process.

 

 

The benefits of Property Alert are:

 

it can provide an early warning of suspicious activity

it allows you to take immediate action if something happens to your property that you are not expecting

it’s free

 

https://propertyalert.landregistry.gov.uk/

 

 

Protect your land and property from fraud

https://www.gov.uk/protect-land-property-from-fraud

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Hi Michael Browne

 

Excellent advice if you dont mind I am going to close the thread and make it a sticky as this is relevant advice to so many.

 

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