The District Attorney’s Office reviews any case where the property is located in Monterey County, or where you pay money to someone where the money changes hands in Monterey County. Cases may be prosecuted criminally, civilly or both. In some situations, your case may be declined if it is determined that it is not appropriate for law enforcement action. By law, we are not allowed to act as your attorney or provide you with legal advice; however, we can assist you with referrals to other agencies.
WHAT IS REAL ESTATE FRAUD?
Real estate fraud is any illegal activity affecting real property. Examples include:
Someone steals or uses your identity (i.e., name, date of birth, driver’s license, social security number) to buy a home or apply for a home loan without your knowledge.
Someone forges your signature on a property deed or other document affecting your ownership or “title” in your home.
Someone tricks you into paying money in advance for services that do not help you or that you do not need.
HOW DO I FILE A COMPLAINT?
Come to our office located at the Monterey County Courthouse, 1200 Aguajito Road, Room 301, Monterey, CA 93940, or