The Schenectady County Clerk’s Office is launching a new Record Alert System, which allows residents to sign up to receive alerts in the event a document is recorded at the County Clerk’s office under their name. Individuals can sign up to receive alerts for up to 5 names (personal or business) per email address and phone number at www.schenectadycounty.com/County-Clerk.
In accordance with the NYS Real Property Law section 291, the County Clerk’s Office is required to record any document that is presented, so long as it is proper in form, executed, and payment is received with the document. There is no way for the Clerk’s Office to know if a document is fraudulent or not. Monitoring the recording of documents in your name can help alert you to something that is fraudulent.
“Property and mortgage fraud are some of the fastest growing white-collar crimes in the US,” said Schenectady County Clerk Cara M. Ackerley. “This free service can protect County residents from the very real threat of deed fraud and the predatory businesses seeking to profit on this fear.”
Residents who would like more information about the new Record Alert system can visit www.schenectadycounty.com/County-Clerk or attend a free information session. County Clerk Cara Ackerley will discuss how deed fraud occurs, what is at stake, and how using the free record alert system can help protect your property records at each session. Members of the community can also sign-up for Record Alerts at the information sessions – staff will be available to assist.
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 6pm
Hon. Karen B. Johnson (Central) Library – McChesney Room
99 Clinton Street
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 5:30pm
Rotterdam Branch Library
1100 N. Westcott Road
Monday, April 25, 2022 at 5:30pm
Niskayuna Branch Library
2400 Nott Street E.
Additional information about Record Alert and the County Clerk’s Office is available at www.schenectadycounty.com/County-Clerk.