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Consumer Fraud Prevention

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What is Fraud?

Fraud is defined as any intentional or deliberate act to deprive another of property or money, by deception, or other unfair means. Fraud takes many forms: Telephone scams, email scams, falsification of official documents, theft of money or personal information, and more.

Your Clerk and Comptroller, Karen E. Rushing, offers tools to help you protect yourself, and issues alerts about schemes where impersonators act like Clerk or Comptroller employees in an attempt to defraud citizens.

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 Florida.

What is Property Fraud?
What is Jury Duty or Failure to Appear Fraud?
Why is a Company Trying to Sell Me My Deed?
What is Guardianship Fraud?
How Do I Report Fraud, Waste or Abuse in Sarasota County Government?
  • 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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