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Rutherford County Deed Theft Concerns

Bethany Porter MTN Reporter, March 8 2021

Commercials depicting testimonials of people being evicted from their personal property because of “deed hacking” are leading to a lot of concerned citizens calling the Rutherford County Register of Deeds office.

The Rutherford County Register of Deeds, Heather Dawbarn, says that during her career she has only seen one case of deed theft and the person was arrested for attempting to steal someone’s property.

She recommends that property owners register on the free service, to be alerted if anything is recorded in the Register’s Office under their name in an effort to avoid deed theft.

The commercials causing concern are promoting other services, “similar to, but at a price,” says Dawbarn. The free service is a few years older, and other counties have similar services to protect owners from deed theft. Dawbarn recommends that people who live outside of Rutherford County contact their local Register of Deeds Office to ask about the service they offer.

“Please spread the word to your friends and family members,” Dawbarn said. “Though these cases are rare, you can put measures in place to reduce your risk of being hacked.”


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