MORRISTOWN, NJ - A little know service is being offered to Morris County residents to protect their properties from scammers. The Property Alert Service was devised to "protect public property records from being stolen, and to make sure the public is aware if someone tampers with your documents or identity".

“Unfortunately, property and mortgage fraud is a fast growing crime in our nation, and Morris County is not immune to it,’’ said Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi. “Scammers record fraudulent documents, such as fake deeds, or record fake liens against property owners, who in some cases do not learn of the taint against their records for years.’’

The Property Alert Service is free of charge and will notify residents immediately via email whenever a document that contains the homeowner's name is filed or recorded in the County Clerk’s Office.

For more information about how this new fraud protection service, including a detailed Question and Answer section, and how to easily register for this beneficial service, visit the  Morris County Clerk’s Website or call 973-285-6059.