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DIY Title Fraud Protection

The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Title Fraud Prevention

Our goal is to eradicate Title Fraud from the United States, and to do so we are informing home owners of this crime. We are also here to give you the tools you need to protect yourself form this crime. This guide is a step by step process you can follow on a monthly basis to ensure you are not a victim of Title Fraud.

How to check if you are a victim of title fraud?

  1. Go to your County Clerk’s website, or you can sign up below for our Free 30-Day Trial for an instant check. Follow this link to find your county’s website: click here
  2. Locate the link to access Public Records (how to do this varies from county to county)
  3. From there, find the Deed that was recorded when you bought your property. This is your ‘starting point’. The Legal Description, located somewhere on the Deed is something you’ll want to memorize or keep handy.
  4. Start a new search, using your name and date range. The date range should be from the time you purchased your home through the current date. If the particular county has the option to add ‘Document Type’ as a search criteria, select ‘Deed’.
  5. If you’re able to narrow your search by selecting Deed as the document type, then compare the legal description of each of the documents that are returned in the search to that of your original Deed from step 3. Any Deeds with matching legal descriptions should be closely scrutinized. In most counties, you’ll be able to click on the record of the property on the list and it will take you to an image of that document.
  6. If the county doesn’t allow you to select the type of document, carefully scroll through the entire list of documents your search criteria returns. Look for all documents listed as ‘Deed’. Once you have your list reduced to Deeds only, then perform the tasks in step 5 (above).
  7. Review the image of each Deed (if any) that appears to pertain to your property. This establishes the ‘chain of title’ for your property from the time you took ownership, through the time of your search. NOTE: The ‘effective date’ of the Public Records varies greatly between Florida counties. The effective date should be shown somewhere on the Clerk’s site. Documents of any kind that were recorded between the effective date and the actual date will not appear in your search output.

If a Deed appears questionable, you should consult with a title company or an attorney. It may be necessary to initiate legal action. Send us email if you need assistance connecting with a professional: send email

How to monitor for title fraud on an ongoing basis?

In the event that your initial search of the Public Records (steps 1 through 7 above) reveals nothing out of the ordinary, it’s critical you repeat the process on a monthly basis.

In order to make your ‘monthly updates’ less time-consuming, you’re likely able (depending on the county) to narrow your search parameters in such a way to only view newly-recorded documents. If this is the case, be sure each subsequent search has a ‘start date’ that is the same as the county’s ‘effective date’ was when you last searched the records.

Each time you perform the monthly update, there should be no newly-recorded documents with which you’re unfamiliar. Bear in mind that a given document in the output will only pertain to your property if the legal description matches that which is on the Deed used to establish your ownership of the property (step 3 above).

How to conveniently monitor and deter from Title Fraud?

Keeping up with this monthly check can be difficult for most people. This is why we have created our Monthly Monitoring service. In addition Monthly Monitoring will only alert you to the fraud, it will not deter the fraudsters. To actively deter Title Fraud you should consider our patent pending service Deed Shield.

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$0.00 / year
  • 12 Months of Title Monitoring/Alerting Service
  • Monthly Email Updates
  • Does Not include Deed Shield Proactive Deterrence
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Title Monitoring
Plus Deed Shield

$149.98 / year
  • Stop criminals while searching your property to victimize.
  • Notice of Title Monitoring will be recorded in county public records.
  • 12 Months of Title Monitoring/Alerting Service
  • Monthly Email Updates
  • Deed Shield Proactive Deterrence $50 Value
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Title Monitoring Only

$9.99 / month
  • 12 Months of Title Monitoring/Alerting Service
  • Monthly Email Updates
  • Does Not include Deed Shield Proactive Deterrence
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Title Monitoring
Plus Deed Shield

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12 Months of Title Monitoring/Alerting Service *30 days
Monthly Email Updates
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Stop criminals while searching your property to victimize. Notice of Title Monitoring will be recorded in county public records.
$50 value
Does not include notice of title monitoring recorded in public record.