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New service will help Tazewell County homeowners avoid property fraud

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PROPERTY FRAUD

TAZEWELL COUNTY (Heart of Illinois ABC) -- County leaders unveiled a new program Thursday that aims to help people avoid property fraud.

Software company Fidlar Technologies is behind the project, which will send alerts to homeowners when there might be shady activity on their insurance, sale contracts or other important documents.

Marketing director Alex Riggen said it works like a credit card fraud process - and it is free to use.

"If you get an alert, and you see a document where you think, 'I have no idea what that is - I haven't done anything with my property recently,' you know it is time to start getting legal advice to see, 'what is this? Is it affecting me? What do I do to clean it up?'" Riggen said.

The program runs in more than 300 counties in the US and more than 70 in Illinois, including Fulton, Knox, Bureau, LaSalle and Mason Counties.

Those who live in Tazewell County can visit propertyfraudalert.com for more information on how to sign up.

Harry Croton

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