Let the Property Alert service work for you
Six months after the launch of Land Registry’s Property Alert service, more than 12,000 people have signed up to the free service which provides an early warning of suspicious activity on someone’s property which could indicate property fraud.
What is Property Fraud?
There are many forms of property fraud, but the most common is for fraudsters to steal someone’s identity and attempt to acquire ownership of a property using forged documents. Scammers may also attempt to raise money by mortgaging the property fraudulently and then disappearing with the money, leaving the victim to deal with the consequences.
So what is the Property Alert service?
Property Alert exists solely to alert you of any suspicious looking activity regarding property in your name and allows you to monitor up to ten properties. Once you have signed up, you will receive email alerts when certain activity occurs on your monitored properties. If you want to sign up, you can do that here.
Once you’ve signed up, if you receive an alert you can then judge whether or not the activity is suspicious and if you should seek further advice. For example, if you receive an alert that a bank has lodged a search on your property but you haven’t applied for a mortgage, you may want to seek legal advice, contact Action Fraud, or contact the bank in question to tell them you are the owner and have not applied for a mortgage.
With the Property Alert service, investigations into the authenticity of the mortgage application can then begin much earlier in the process.
Fraudsters target property because it’s highly valuable; this is the same reason that they also target your credit report. That’s why we offer Noddle Alerts to help you stay on top of your credit report and spot the early signs of identity theft to help keep you and your identity safe.
That’s why we’re offering Noddle Alerts for just £20. With Noddle Alerts you get:
- Automatic alerts within 24 hours of key changes to your credit report
- Unlimited, instant access to your latest credit file when you get an alert
- Online disputes capability to help you correct any errors quickly and simply
- Dedicated support from our UK Customer Services Team
- Just £20 for 12 months protection
Make sure no-one is applying for credit in your name or using your details fraudulently – get automatic alerts when anything significant changes on your credit report. Stay in control, stay ahead of the crooks with Noddle Alerts.
For more information on the Property alert service, Land Registry have created a short video explaining a little more about property fraud. In addition, this article gives you a brilliant breakdown of some extra steps you can take to protect your property from fraud.