Bulletin: SLS2015006

Date:
February 26, 2015
To:
All Issuing Offices
RE:
CLAIMS AVOIDANCE - Fraudulent Releases of Deeds of Trust

Dear Associates:

The Industry is again experiencing multiple claims involving fraudulent releases of Deeds of Trust or Mortgages. The perpetrator’s goal is often to make it appear that a Deed of Trust or Mortgage is already paid off so they can receive all of the proceeds of a sale or refinance.

As a reminder, a Deed of Trust or Mortgage that is released with no concurrent refinance loan or deed indicating a sale of the property placed of record is a Red Flag. While some borrowers make a premature payment in full of their Deed of Trust or Mortgage or reach the end of the payments on their loans, it is a rare event. In these cases, you must contact directly the releasing or reconveying lender to confirm payment and the validity of the release

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References

Bulletins Replaced:
None
Related Bulletins:
SA2015002 SPECIAL ALERT - 2485 Calle Del Oro, LLC, et al
 
SLS2011016 Fraudulent Release of Deed of Trust or Mortgage [Revised 09-12-11]
Underwriting Manual:
None
Exceptions Manual:
None
Forms:
None