Real Estate Fraud

The County Clerk and Recorder’s Office is an active partner on the Ventura County Real Estate Fraud Advisory Team (REFAT), which is a professional collaboration of the Ventura County Recorder’s Office, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit, and local real estate professionals.  The Recorder’s Office is dedicated to advancing the mission of REFAT, which is to “prevent, detect, and report real estate fraud.”

Efforts to prevent real estate fraud include voluntarily mailing homeowners notices to alert them whenever a Notice of Default or Quit Claim Deed document affecting their real property has been recorded in the Recorder’s Office.

To detect real estate fraud, the Recorder’s Office is alert to documents that could potentially be fraudulent during the recording process. Experienced Document Examiners and a part-time Fraud Investigator review any cases of suspected real estate or elections fraud.

Any documents that involve potential fraud or forgery result in an immediate report to the County of Ventura District Attorney Real Estate Fraud Unit for further investigation.