Can I include a middle name when entering a name to be monitored?
Yes, you can add a middle name after the first name in the same field. If you choose to do this, it is highly recommended that you subscribe again without the middle name.
Can I sign up even if I don’t own property in Lee County?
Yes, if a document is recorded with any name you choose to monitor, you will receive an alert.
Does this service alert me of documents being recorded in other counties?
No, this service only alerts subscribers of documents being recorded in Lee County’s official records.
How are people committing property fraud?
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 the official records.
Enter the personal or business name(s) to monitor.
Provide the email address to send alerts.
Add additional names by repeating the process.
You will receive an alert promptly after any document is recorded in Lee County matching the name(s) you chose to monitor.
This alert allows you to be informed of any recording activity taking place and to take timely action if you determine the activity is fraudulent.
How many names can I monitor?
You may register as many names as you wish. There is no limit.
If I have a common name, what will distinguish my alerts from another person’s?
There is nothing that will distinguish one name from another. Therefore, a person with a common name like John Smith may receive alerts for documents recorded with the same name. View the document using the link provided in the email you receive to determine if the recorded document is relevant to you or your property.
Is any special hardware or software needed to sign up online?
No, simply register online using your internet browser.
What do I do if I received an alert and believe I am a victim of property fraud?
The alert email will provide you with a direct link to the document in Lee County’s official records. You can easily review the recording information and the image to determine if this document is of concern to you.
If you suspect you are a victim of fraud, contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 239-477-1000. You may also need to contact an attorney to determine whether you need to take legal action to undo the fraudulent recording.
If the document is a lien, and you dispute the lien filed against your property, contact the lien filer.
What documents do I need to gather before signing up for this service?
The only information you need to provide is your first and last name along with your email address.
What is Property Fraud Alert?
Property Fraud Alert is a free service offered by the Lee County Clerk of Court that alerts registered users via an email notification anytime documents are recorded in Lee County’s official records. This notification does not apply to documents filed in court proceedings.
Why do fraudulent documents get recorded?
The Clerk’s office must record all documents that meet the requirements outlined in the Florida Statutes. If a document is properly executed and presented with payment, it is the responsibility of the Clerk’s office to record the document.
Why should I sign up for the Property Fraud Alert?
The Property Fraud Alert system is designed to send email notifications within 48 hours of a recorded land record document for registered users. The alert keeps you informed about any recorded documents on your property. Sign up today and start protecting your most valuable investments.
Will I be notified even if the name match is not exact?
No. You will only receive a notification for the exact name(s) registered.