ELIZABETH, NJ – Union County residents can now be protected from what the FBI has called the largest growing white collar crime, that is property related fraud, by a free Property Fraud Alert Notification system, an initiative of the Union County Clerk’s office.

Using the new system, Union County property owners can respond quickly to unauthorized, potentially fraudulent activity involving their property.

“When it comes to property fraud, knowledge is power,” said Joanne Rajoppi, Union County Clerk. “The new Property Fraud Alert system will enable you to identify a potential problem as quickly as possible, so that you can re-establish your property rights promptly and with relatively little expense.”

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To register, property owners in Union County can subscribe to the free Property Fraud Alert system by visiting the Property Fraud Alert system online at propertyfraudalert.com or on the phone by calling 1-800-728-3858, and providing their name, or their business name. Property owners may also register additional names free of charge, to cover common misspellings.

Subscribers will be notified when the name they have registered is used in any recording activities within the office.  When subscribing, the user will have the option of receiving the alert via phone or email.  All subscriber information will remain confidential.  Users with common names may receive multiple alerts.

Information received through the alerts can be verified by visiting the Union County Clerk’s property search website at clerk.ucnj.org or by calling the Property Fraud Alert call center at 1-800-728-3858. The call center is available from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Starting October 1, 2015, the call center will offer expanded hours Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday hours will remain 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For information about all County Clerk programs and services, visit online at ucnj.org/county-clerk or call 908-527-4787.