The Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office is the first county clerk’s office west of the Mississippi River to install FraudSleuth software on its website to assist residents in protecting themselves against fraudulent liens placed against their properties.
“With the increase in fraud nationwide,” Ellins said, “I believe more and more counties will soon offer software of this nature. We’re pleased to be the first among all western states to offer it to the residents of Doña Ana County.”
FraudSleuth empowers property owners to do simple name searches throughout the Doña Ana County document database to find liens that may have been placed against their properties. A mechanical lien, Ellins said, can be placed on any property in the State of New Mexico without notification of the property owner, and such liens can adversely affect the owner’s ability to refinance or sell the property until the lien is removed or resolved.
Ellins said he plans to enhance the system later this year to allow property owners to register their email addresses with the county, so that if any document is filed in the Clerk’s Office with the name of a registered user on it, the affected person will receive immediate notification.
Ellins said he was able to procure the software at no cost, and has already implemented it on the Clerk’s website for use. The software was developed by PropertyInfo Corporation, a subsidiary of Stewart Title Company of Houston, Texas.
Access to the software and a tutorial for its use is available on the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office web page at http://donaanacounty.org/clerk/docs/ .