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Property Deed Fraud Is Growing in Florida

The switch to online records may be part of the problem. All of Florida’s 67 counties have some sort of property fraud alert program, but more people need to sign up.

ORANGE PARK, Fla. – Across Florida, scammers are selling people’s land and even homes behind their backs.

Officials are urging property owners to protect themselves this week.

It’s called property deed fraud, and there’s been a big spike in cases here in Florida because the real estate market in the Sunshine State is hot.

More than 54% of real estate professionals experienced it firsthand in just the second half of 2023. It happens when a scammer steals someone’s identity and title and then sells your property without you knowing.

And that’s exactly what happened to a man in North Florida.

“I came from out of town and there was a business card stuck in the door, it was a detective from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office,” John Roney said.