What is Fraud Alert?
Fraud Alert is a free service offered by the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office that helps you protect you and your property from fraud by monitoring the documents being recorded or filed with the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office.
How does the Fraud Alert system work?
When you sign up for Fraud Alert, the system will automatically email you when a document is recorded or filed with the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office under the name(s) you chose to monitor.
This alert allows you to be informed of any recording or filing activity taking place and to take timely action if you determine the activity is fraudulent.
What documents does Fraud Alert track?
Fraud Alert tracks all court and property/land documents recorded or filed with the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office. These can include, but are not limited to, deeds, mortgages, judgements, civil actions.
Why should I sign up for Fraud Alert?
The service can be a useful tool to keep track of the recording of legitimate documents once you finish with a property closing, take out or pay off a mortgage, or for those who wish to monitor vacation homes or an elderly relative’s property.
Fraud Alert is also a helpful identity theft protection tool, as it will notify you if your name appears on any court documents filed in the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office allowing you to make sure your identity is not used by unauthorized individuals.
How can I sign up for this service?
Signing up is quick and easy. Simply go to Can I sign up even if I don’t own property in Saratoga County?
Yes, if a document is recorded or filed with the name you chose to monitor, you will receive an alert. This may be helpful for those wishing to monitor an elderly family member’s property.
Does this service alert me of documents being recorded in other counties?
No, this service only alerts subscribers of documents being recorded or filed with the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office.
What happens when I’ve received an alert?
You will receive an email with the date the document was recorded or filed, as well as the document type and an identifying number. To view the referenced document online, you must be signed up with the Saratoga County Clerk’s Online Records Database>/U>. Alternatively, you can visit the Saratoga County Clerk’s Office during normal business hours to view the document.
What information is provided on a Fraud Alert notification?
Matched alert name, recording/filing date, document description (type) & identifying number (instrument #, book and page, case # depending on indexing/document type).
What information or documents do I need to gather before signing up for this service?
The only information you need to provide is your first and last name and your email address. We recommend using your full legal name.
If I have a common name, what will distinguish my alerts from another person’s?
There is nothing that will distinguish one name from another. Therefore, a person with a common name, such as Steve Smith, may receive alerts for documents recorded or filed with the same name. You should view the document you wish to monitor using our Online Records Database to determine if the document is relevant to you or your property.
Can I include a middle name and/or suffix when entering a name to be monitored?
Yes. If you choose to do this, it is highly recommended that you also enter your name without the middle name and/or suffix so you will get alerts for each name variation.
Is there a limit to how many times I may enter? / Is there a limit to how many alerts can go to a single email address?
Currently you can sign up for three names per email address.
Can I enter more than one name at a time?
You can enter up to two names at a time.
I own a business; how should I enter my business name?
Business names should be entered exactly as the business name is spelled. If your business name could have variations in spelling or abbreviations on recorded or filed documents, we highly recommend that you make an additional subscription entry with each variation.
Please note: We do not include punctuation marks when we input information into our system; therefore, to get accurate alerts, we recommend you omit punctuation when inputting your business name in Fraud Alert.
How long does my name remain on the Fraud Alert notification list?
Your name will remain on the list indefinitely or until you unsubscribe.
How do I change or cancel my Fraud Alert subscription?
You can click the “unsubscribe” link on the bottom of any email you receive to cancel your subscription.
If you’d like change your information, you can unsubscribe and then sign up again with the updated information.