FREEHOLD, NJ — Monmouth County property owners can now have their names and properties monitored through a new Monmouth County system to combat property fraud.

Under the recently launched Property Fraud Alert system, subscribers to the free service will be notified when names they have submitted to the alert system are used in any recording activities within Monmouth County Clerk’s Office.

“Property fraud is considered a growing trend,” Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon said. “The new Property Fraud Alert will enable users in Monmouth County to proactively respond to potentially fraudulent activity involving their property.”

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The service is quick and easy to sign up for, and provides extra peace of mind to property owners, Hanlon said, adding that subscribers can choose whether to receive the alerts by e-mail or over the phone.”

Monmouth County property owners can subscribe to the free alert system by visiting the Property Fraud Alert system online at PropertyFraudAlert.com, or on the phone by calling 1-800-728-3858.

In order to subscribe, property owners must choose “Monmouth County, NJ” from the drop-down menu and provide their name or business name. Property owners may register additional names free of charge to cover common misspellings.

A subscriber can easily verify the information received via an alert and view the actual document that was recorded by visiting the Monmouth County Open Public Record Search website at oprs.co.monmouth.nj.us, or by calling the Property Fraud Alert call center at 1-800-728-3858. The call center is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, call the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office at 732-431-7324, ext. 8909 or e-mail CountyClerk@co.monmouth.nj.us.