Fraud can be committed in a number of ways by recording documents in public records. For example, someone can create a fraudulent document that will deed your home to them and then record that document in Official Records.
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A free public service offered by the Citrus County Clerk’s Office that can help you detect documents recorded with your name in the Clerk’s Official Records that may be fraudulent.
The name you choose to subscribe (business name, maiden name, married name, etc) is the only criteria being monitored. If you have a common name, you may get multiple alerts since it doesn’t distinguish one name from another. If you have multiple variations of your names, such as Chris and Christopher, you may want to subscribe to both, but again, you may get multiple alerts for others with your common name.
Once you sign up for the service you will receive an alert, from that day forward, of any document recorded with your name in the Official Records. The alert you receive by email will contain a link to the document, along with the recorded date and name.
Yes, in the event a document is recorded with your name, you will receive an alert.
Anyone can sign up for the Recording Activity Notifications subscription service by clicking here to get started.
No, this service only alerts its subscribers of documents being recorded in the Citrus County Official Records.
Many counties are looking into the possibility of providing this service to their citizens. You may contact the Clerk of the Court in the county of interest to see if they offer such service.
There is nothing that will distinguish one name from another. Therefore, a person with a common name, like John Doe, will receive multiple alerts.
The alert email will provide you a link to view the document.
Contact the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office at (352) 726-4488 and/or your attorney or legal advisor.
Neither the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Property Appraiser, or Tax Collector offices can take legal action on your behalf to reverse the fraudulent activity.
No document can be removed from the Official Records without a court order. Therefore, citizens are urged to contact local law enforcement and/or an attorney for prompt, appropriate action if fraud is suspected.
The Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller must record all documents that meet the requirements outlined in the Florida Statues. The Clerk has no authority to refuse to record a properly prepared document, even if it may be fraudulent.
You may contact the Clerk’s Office’s Information Technology Department via the Contact Us page if you’d like them to look into this further.
Yes, email addresses and names used in registrations for the Recording Notification Service are subject to public disclosure per Florida public records law.
The only information you need to provide is your first and last name along with your email address. Nothing else is needed when signing up for the service.