Registry of Deeds Consumer Program Reaches 500th Milestone

Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell today announced the 500th sign-up of a free on-line Consumer Notification Service designed to protect Norfolk County property owners against fraud.


“We are delighted that in less than 2 years people continue to enroll in the program. Our goal is to get every property owner in the county to sign-up for it,” noted O’Donnell.


The Register has cited recent F.B.I. statistics that property and mortgage fraud is one of the fastest growing white collar crimes in the United States. “Multiple jurisdictions across the country have reported individuals recording fraudulent documents and making it appear like they own another person’s home or property. While we have been fortunate that this problem has not revealed itself here in Norfolk County, I want to make sure my office is proactively and vigorously protecting consumers,” noted Register O’Donnell.


Any owner of real property in the twenty-eight communities comprising Norfolk County can sign-up for the Consumer Notification Service free of charge by doing the following simple steps: Go to the Registry’s website,, and click on the Consumer Notification Service Get Consumer Alerts button to complete the initial registration. From there, follow the remaining sign-up instructions, it only takes a minute or two to complete.  


Once you have signed up for the service, each subscriber will be able to input two names, individual or business, as well as the corresponding city or town in Norfolk County for monitoring. They can check their property for such activities as changes in deeds, mortgages, non-mortgage liens, Homesteads or other land document transactions that might be recorded against their name.


If a document is recorded against one of the names inputted for monitoring, the subscriber will be alerted via email, usually within 24 hours. The person can also check the Registry’s on-line land research records at as an option. If a subscriber believes a fraudulent land record has been recorded against their property, they should immediately contact the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101. The subscriber will also be given a list of public safety referrals by the Registry.


Register O’Donnell concluded, “As your Norfolk County Register of Deeds, I take very seriously the Registry’s responsibility to provide secure, accurate and accessible land records for all Norfolk County communities. I also want to be proactive in ensuring that there is no fraudulent activity related to land document recordings. By offering the Consumer Notification Service, the Registry is able to provide a level of protection to the program’s subscribers against unscrupulous individuals who would attempt to commit real estate fraud. I urge people to sign-up for the free program.”


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The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High Street, Dedham is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or on the web at



The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds will be closed on Thursday, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. We are open Friday, July 5th.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is closed Today, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day. We are open Friday, July 5th.