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Cyber Crime – Property Alert

“Luton man left shocked as his house is ‘stolen’” – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-59069662

At the beginning of November, BBC released a news article related to a man who returned home after being away for some time, to find his house had been sold without his consent by fraudsters for £131,000.00 and someone else was living there.

Unfortunately, once the house was sold to the new owner for £131,000 by the person impersonating Mr Hall, they legally owned it.

Those particularly at risk from these cyber criminals are properties that are tenanted or have been noted to be vacant and once the “new owner” has been registered at HM Land Registry it can provide extremely difficult, stressful and time consuming to reverse the “sale”.

Cybercrime involving fraudulent sales of property is ever increasing.

To protect yourself we recommend that you register for a free service provided by HM Land Registry. You only need register your name, address and e-mail address and will then receive an email any time a land registry search is carried out against your property or an application registered against it. To register please visit https://propertyalert.landregistry.gov.uk/

If you have any further queries or would like to book an appointment, please call 01256 320555 or email us at mail@clarkeandson.co.uk.

Marie Pym
Residential Conveyancer

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