Free property fraud protection program provided by parish Clerk of Court’s office

The Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Court is introducing a free property check alert program. Title theft and property fraud has unfortunately become a nationwide problem and has begun locally.

Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Court David Stamey said there have been three reported incidences here over the last couple of months. Stamey said realizing that problem will doubtlessly climb, he knew he had to do something to try to protect the property owners of Natchitoches Parish. His office’s computer software company, i3 Software and Services of Shreveport, has been working on a solution.

Now, the public can register to receive free alerts whenever a document such as a deed or mortgage is recorded in Natchitoches Parish under your name or your business’s name. If you receive an alert about suspicious activity, this early notification can provide valuable time to stop criminals in their tracks.

It’s a simple and free process. First, go to Clerkconnect.com and register. There is no charge for registration. After you register for Clerk Connect, go to the top bar and tap FRAUD alerts. Then follow the instructions to add your information to the fraud alert system. It gives you a chance to add the name on the filing and parish, noting if it’s an individual or business, before you save the information in the system.

If an alert is received, call 318-352-8152 or come by the Natchitoches Parish Clerk of Court’s office in the courthouse in downtown Natchitoches, and you’ll be able review the document that was submitted. If it is fraudulent, the legal system will quickly react.

“The Clerk’s office takes these threats seriously,” said Stamey. “This free program to fight fraud is our first line of defense. We encourage all property owners in Natchitoches Parish to take advantage of this service.”

Anyone needing assistance can contact the Clerk of Court’s office, he said.

ALERT: Has your home’s title been stolen?