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Fraud Insights Vol. 1 Issue 9 PDF Print E-mail

Vacant Land Sales Pose High Risk

By Lisa A. Tyler
National Escrow Administrator

An escrow officer from Fidelity National Title in Coral Springs, Florida submitted a story for a chance to receive a $500 reward about a scam she detected that involved deeding vacant lots from unsuspecting, out-of-state owners in exchange for cash. Read about the "Vacant Land Scam" in this edition of Fraud Insights.

Even if there is no criminal intent, bad notary practices can lead to your unknowing participation in forgery or fraud. Some notary best practices may seem obvious or even humorous, but they are worth repeating. Learn more about these important guidelines in the article entitled, "Notary Best Practices."

Reviewing death certificates can be both morbid and fascinating – but for many of us, it's also a part of our jobs. "The Living Dead" contains a legitimate reason to carefully study the date of death on a death certificate in the chain of title.

I've got money burning a hole in my pocket and I am anxious to get rid of it. Submit your story of heroics today to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 888.934.3354. Each submission is an automatic entry for a chance to win a $500 reward for your efforts in preventing fraud and forgery in your own transactions.

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Vacant Land Scam

Vacant land sales pose a risk to the Company, especially when the owner is out-of-state and unaware of the sale. Read how this escrow officer listed her suspicions and then confirmed them one-by-one.

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Notary Best Practices

Fraud and forgery are ever-growing problems for the title industry. Excellent notary practices can help stop illicit transactions in their tracks. Be sure to follow these best practices.

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The Living Dead

Learn how a title manager saved the Company from a potential loss by recognizing a forged deed through the date of death recorded on a death certificate.

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