Consumer Fraud Alerts

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Have you received a call from someone who claims to be a Clerk and Comptroller's office employee? Our office periodically issues alerts when we have been made aware of schemes where people impersonate Clerk and Comptroller employees in order to get others to send money or disclose personal information, such as their Social Security number or bank account numbers.

Clerk and Comptroller employees do not initiate phone calls requesting payment by phone, and do not request personal financial information.

Protecting yourself against telephone based scams is simple. Just hang up. Unless you have initiated the call, never give out your personal information over the telephone.

If you receive a call and are unsure about it, write down as much information as you can, then call the Clerk and Comptroller's Office at (941) 861-7696 to determine whether the caller's claims are legitimate.

If you think you may have been the victim of a scam, you should contact your local law enforcement agency or the Florida Division of Consumer Services at (800) HELP-FLA (Florida Residents) or (850) 410-3800 from outside of Florida.

Current Fraud Alerts

 Property Fraud Alert Service

Property and mortgage fraud is considered the fastest growing white-collar crime in the United States. By filing fake deeds, scammers appear to own property, and can fraudulently rent or sell the property without the knowledge of the true owner. Your Sarasota County Clerk and Comptroller wants to help you in protecting against property fraud. By signing up for FREE property fraud alerts, you will receive an email alert whenever a document is recorded in Sarasota County using your personal or business name. Notifications are sent within 48 hours of the document being recorded, alerting you so you can chose to review documents through public records, or dispute through law enforcement. Just register, receive alerts, and react. It's that simple.

  • Register for Property Fraud Alerts.
  • Receive e-alerts when documents are filed in your name.
  • React if needed by reporting to law enforcement.
  • Property Fraud Alert Service FAQs

    • What is property and mortgage fraud?

    • How do fraudulent documents get recorded?

    • Is there a fee to subscribe to the Sarasota Clerk and Comptroller Property Fraud Alerts?

    • Can I sign up and monitor filings even if I don't own property?

    • Does this service alert me of documents being recorded in other counties?

    • Is any special hardware or software needed to sign up?

    • How many subscription names can I enter?

    • My personal or business name is often spelled many ways. How should I enter it?

    • My name is very common. Will I receive notifications that belong to someone else?

    • What do I do if I received an alert and believe I am a victim of property fraud?

    • How do I cancel my Property Fraud Alert subscription?

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