TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Tarrant County offers a free program that gives property owners a “heads up” if someone is trying to file documents on their property.

The program is called Property Fraud Alert and it alerts individuals to potentially fraudulent activity involving their personal information.

“When something is filed in the county clerk’s office and it has your name in it, it will send you an e-mail or give you a phone call and let you know,” explained County Clerk Mary Louise Garcia.

Property fraud is one of the biggest crimes in the U.S. and often goes undetected because property owners have no idea official documents have been filed with their name on it.

“Some people may file a document, with your name, on another piece of property. They may be trying to take some of your property. It’s [Property Fraud Alert] just a way to protect the fraud that can take place,” said Garcia.

Property Fraud Alert monitors a person’s name and tracks possible fraudulent activity.

Details will be in a flyer going out this week with every property value statement mailed to property owners in Tarrant County.

Property Fraud Alert is also available for residents in Collin and Dallas County.

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