House Stealing is a New Class of Identity Theft

House Stealing is a Totally New Kind of Crime


House Stealing


House stealing is a new and frightening fraud scheme that literally takes a property right out from under its owner, even if he or she is living in the house at the time.

How it works:

How It Works

House Stealing:  Scarier Than You Think

Want to know what unscrupulous fraudsters, who know their way around property law, can do to ruin your day? Steal you house. Yes, "House Stealing" is the latest brand of identity theft that steals your #1 asset from underneath you. Not physically, but legally. Here's how it works. Your identity is assumed. A fake social security card or driver's license is created.  Then, a trip to an office supply store to purchase standard forms to initiate house transfers.

Then, a recording of that transfer, using your identity, at the county office. Does the county know that this request is being done fraudulently? No. Appropriate identification has been shown.

Now, your stolen house is in another's name. The house stealer can sell it to an unsuspecting buyer and pocket the profits. Or borrow against its equity. Your equity.

House stealing is detected like any other identity theft. Through frequent monitoring of your home's liens.  Just as credit protection services report on changes at the major credit bureaus, house stealing is thwarted by constantly watching the liens being placed against your home.

As the FBI advises, the very best way to avert house stealing is to monitor your county’s deeds office to assure whatever liens are placed are legitimate.    ePropertyWatch makes this chore simple.   It brings the data to you.   Proactively and conveniently via email alerts and supporting web pages.    It’s easy to enroll your home, it’s free to use, and your privacy is always safeguarded.   Enroll your home today!



Learn More About House Stealing

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"When Jon Thomas returned to Cleveland to bury his mother, he thought that was the worst of it. Then, as CBS news correspondent Randall Pinkston reports, he drove by her house and discovered a stranger was living there."


Fifteen Charged as House thieves

"They preyed on the vulnerable: elderly folks who moved into nursing homes, sick people gone on extended hospital or rehabilitation stays, immigrants and others with a slippery grasp on both English and local news."


The Latest Scam On the Block

"What do you get when you combine two popular rackets these days - identity theft and mortgage fraud? A totally new kind of crime:  house stealing."


Swindlers Steal Houses in Foreclosure Scam

"Swindlers have been bilking homeowners in trouble since the housing market meltdown began. But some scam artists are getting bolder. They have figured out a way to “steal” houses through forged signatures and phony appraisals. And once they win the title to a property, they squeeze out the equity. Then they vanish. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad tells us about an Anaheim woman who’s trying to recover her “stolen” home."

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