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Fraud Insights Vol. 1 Issue 8 PDF Print E-mail

Summer's Here and Crime Is High

By Lisa A. Tyler
National Escrow Administrator

While a change in the real estate market might cause a "fight for every deal" attitude, closing a bad transaction will only result in a loss of revenue for the Company. Remain aware of the terms of your transaction and act on your instincts if a deal seems bad. Kimberly Sullivan from our Ticor Title office in Portland, Oregon did just that, and as a result has been given a $500 reward by the Company. Read more about her heroic acts to uncover a scam against the elderly in "The Branch That Fell from the Family Tree."

You've seen them before – and here they are again. The Company's "Document Execution Guidelines" are being redistributed through this edition of Fraud Insights to help you avoid forgery claims as you complete your transactions.

"Prison Break" is a detailed account of the steps one of our closers took to investigate a document that was signed by a prisoner, but not notarized in the county where the prison was located. As a result of her investigative efforts, the escrow closer, Betsy Radell, received a $500 reward and a letter of recognition from the Company.

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The Branch That Fell from the Family Tree

One of our senior escrow officers takes action on elder abuse in a high liability transaction in which the seller purports to be a family member, but turns out to be nothing but a common criminal.

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Document Execution Guidelines

The Company has noted an increase in escrow claims resulting from forged releases and deeds. Forgery claims can be avoided by following these guidelines in all transactions.

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Prison Break

Our escrow closer goes the extra mile to determine whether a prisoner had a visitor on the day he executed (no pun intended) a marital waiver that required notarization – or if his signature had been forged.

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