NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - There will soon be a new way for you to protect your property in New Hanover County.
The goal of a new email alert service in New Hanover County is to prevent property fraud. It alerts you if there is movement of any kind, such as a sale on your property.
New Hanover County Registrar Tammy Beasley said she wanted to protect residents in New Hanover County.
Beasley said there have been cases of property fraud in other parts of the country, and even as close as Brunswick County.
In 2005, homeowners returned to their beach house in Oak Island to find someone else had moved in, gutted it and was in the process of renovating the entire property.
The man told the family he owned their home and he even produced a deed.
The bizarre situation was traced back to a suspect, who told police he had sold the family's home using fake information, for $200,000. Then he took off.
When the new feature goes live on the New Hanover County Register of Deeds website, click on the section that says "Fraud Alert." It will then direct you to fill out your name, address of the property you want to be alerted on, and email address.
Then you will get an automatic email when there is any movement on your property and a copy of the documentation.
The feature is expected to go live August 3.