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Madison County clerk-recorder issues alert of property tax fraud

Madison County Clerk and Recorder Debbie Ming-Mendoza is alerting residents of possible property tax fraud beginning to occur in the county.

Recently, Mendoza’s office caught an illegal transfer of property. Mendoza stated, “Efforts are being made in St. Louis and the surrounding area to illegally transfer property rights by white-collar criminals.” While the Recorder’s Office cannot stop this property scam, they can alert residents that it has happened to them if they sign up for the Property Fraud Alert.

Mendoza and her staff are encouraging residents to go to her Madison County government website and register for this service at https://www.propertyfraudalert.com/ILMadison.

If a resident does not have online access or needs assistance, her staff is willing to assist property owners. Residents may call the Recorder’s office at (618) 296-4488 or visit the recorder’s office any time during operation, Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mendoza is encouraging residents to be sure they received all of their tax bills for parcels of property they own. This is one of the first ways to detect if a property has been stolen through this growing crime. Mendoza is warning all taxpayers that if they are missing a tax bill to contact the Treasurer’s office immediately.

Mendoza also wants residents to be aware that most of the time scammers are offering a service of providing copies of deeds between $90 and $110. If a resident needs a copy of your deed for any reason, the Recorder’s Office will provide it to the property owner for $1 per page.

“Property fraud is one of the worst actions I have dealt with. When it happens to property owners, it costs them money and a lot of headaches to get the property recovered,” stated Mendoza.

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