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.
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