Alerted to a false refinancing attempt, owners save their title, their credit rating


ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) — A Georgia couple were about to get caught up in a scam that could have stolen the title to their home when an unsung hero turned them into a scheme.

Mike and Stephanie Jones live in Carlton, Georgia, a small town near Athens. They recently got a call from the town clerk. Shirley McIntyre told the Jones she was contacted by a title services company asking for information about the couple’s refinance applications.

But the Joneses, whose home title is held by Truist, weren’t trying to refinance.

The title services company that made the call confirmed that someone was requesting a refinance, but did not say who.

To stop the crime, the Joneses locked their credit with all Three credit offices; alerted their mortgage company; and reported the attempted fraud to the police.

“I don’t feel like a hero at all,” McIntyre said. “I felt uncomfortable and did what anyone else would have done in my situation.”

The reality is that falsification of the title deed is very rare. The FBI said this rarely happens, and depending on where they live, people may have free options.

For example, the Fulton Superior Court Clerk and Magistrate encourages residents to sign up for real estate fraud protection. DeKalb and Cherokee county residents can also sign up to receive fraud notification.

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