HOUSTON (Oct. 11, 2011) – Berks County Recorder of Deeds helps to prevent fraud by offering FraudSleuth, powered by PropertyInfo Corporation (PIC),a Stewart company and leading provider of end-to-end records management solutions at no charge to property owners in Berks County.
FraudSleuth is an online tool developed for county clerks and recorder of deeds offices that allows property owners to protect themselves against possible fraud by doing a simple name search for any documents that might have been recorded against their name or property.
“With the increase in fraud, our office is excited to offer FraudSleuth as a tool to help protect our constituents,” said Frederick Sheeler, Recorder of Deeds Berks County. “Additional enhancements to FraudSleuth are expected to be available in early 2012 and will allow our property owners to take even a more proactive approach to protect themselves against fraud. The new enhancements will allow residents to register with us to receive an automatic email alert when a document is filed in their name. I am very happy that our computer systems provider, PropertyInfo, has made this valuable service available to Berks County residents at no additional cost to our taxpayers.”
FraudSleuth is a user-friendly tool for property owners to conveniently access official public records. Property owners can access FraudSleuth online through their participating county recorder of deeds offices. Users can conduct simple searches to review all activity under their name, and if suspicious activity is found, they can contact the county to request an additional investigation.
“FraudSleuth is another positive step to promote awareness about fraud prevention, and it empowers property owners to safeguard themselves,” said Kyle Chaney, vice president of PropertyInfo’s government services division. “As a complement to additional efforts by counties to prevent and defeat mortgage fraud, this tool is especially beneficial for property owners who are commonly the victims of predators, such as snow birds, the elderly and remote property owners. It’s a safe and easy way to proactively protect yourself and your property.”
FraudSleuth is available to county governments nationwide in conjunction with CountyFusion software, with additional enhancements available in early 2012. For more information, call PropertyInfo at (877) 800-3132.
About Berks County
Berks County is an urban area of 411,442 persons (2010 Census), situated in southeastern Pennsylvania. The county seat, which is the city of Reading, is 56 miles northwest of Philadelphia and the heart of the Delaware Valley region, which is one of the leading industrial and trade complexes in the nation. Frederick C. Sheeler, Berks County Recorder of Deeds, focuses on enhancing services provided to constituents while reducing costs and streamlining operations. More information can be found at http://www.co.berks.pa.us/Dept/Deeds/Pages/default.aspx or by email.
About PropertyInfo Corp., a Stewart Company
PropertyInfo Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Title Company, delivers state-of-the-art real estate information solutions to the real estate, closing and mortgage industries. As a global provider of online transaction management and e-closing solutions, real estate information services, title/escrow production systems, hosting services, software development and online product distribution via its Web portal, PropertyInfo.com, PropertyInfo provides title and real estate professionals with the electronic data and integrated applications needed to increase their business efficiency and improve the quality of information used throughout the real estate transaction process. For more information, visit http://www.propertyinfo.com or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stewart Title Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC), a customer-driven, technology-enabled, strategically competitive, real estate information, title insurance and transaction management company. Stewart provides title insurance and related information services required for settlement by the real estate and mortgage industries throughout the United States and international markets. Stewart also provides post-closing lender services, automated county clerk land records, property ownership mapping, geographic information systems, property information reports, document preparation, background checks and expertise in tax-deferred exchanges. More information can be found at http://www.stewart.com, or by visiting the Stewart blog at http://blog.stewart.com, following Stewart on Twitter @stewarttitleco, becoming a member of the Stewart Title group on LinkedIn, or liking Stewart on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/StewartTitleCo.
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