In 2004, mortgage fraud cost the title insurance and mortgage industries $429 million according to the FBI. The Title Insurance National Information Exchange, LLC has established the website to eliminate much of this fraud.

By registering pending title transactions our subscribers are alerted to fraudulent schemes including double sales, HELOC scams, and flips. The TINIX database searches for multiple transactions pending on the same parcel of real estate, and alerts the affected subscribers.

Because TINIX monitors pending title transactions, we save our subscribers from gap exposure. We alert you to what will be recorded, before it is too late.

All it takes is a few minutes to register each title transaction and a $30 fraud prevention fee charged to the borrower.

Knowledge is power. TINIX is knowledge™. Let TINIX technology share the knowledge and give your organization power over fraud.

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Recent Developments

Update February 29, 2012:

As of April 2010, the FBI reported 3,029 pending mortgage fraud investigations compared to 102 in all of 2001.

The number of fraud investigations in 2009 reflected a 71% increase over 2008 and a 131% increase over 2007. 

Many industry experts have reported that misrepresentation infects approximately 10% of all loan originations.

With loan originations of $1.96 trillion in 2008, that translates to nearly $200 billion in mortgage loans that may have some level of misrepresentation.

Error Loan – the title company, appraiser, and mortgage originator all conspire in this scheme to invent a ficticious property. When the lender pays out these individuals make off with the money. When the lender attempts to foreclose, there is no property to foreclose on and the lender is out the entire amount of the loan.

Identity Theft – Application Fraud and Account Takeover

Account Takeover – occurs when someone steals an existing account.

Application Fraud – occurs when the thief uses someone’s information to open up a fraudulent account.

Straw Buyers – someone who uses their information to allow another person to buy the property. 

Fraudulent Flips – buying a property out of foreclosure, claiming to do work on it, and then selling it for an inflated cost (even though no improvements were made).

Seller Financing – when the seller says they are giving a second mortgage to the buyer and then walk away from the second mortgage (aka the soft second).

Thank you to Peter Citera for the above information.


The FBI has announced that reported mortgage fraud losses for 2005 exceeded $1 billion. The actual figure is $1,014,000,000, up from 429,000,000 in 2004.

A Detroit home sold for $25,000 one day and $250,000 the next according to the FBI. Read about this egregious flip and other useful information on mortgage fraud posted by the FBI.

Wayne County backlog stretches gap period to as much as six months. Title Insurers seek $150 increase in title insurance premiums to cover losses. (At $30 per title order TINIX is a far more economical and effective solution to gap losses.) Read more online at The Detroit News.

Property flipping may bring ex-appraiser 30 years. A former Belleville real estate appraiser faces more than 30 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to playing a key role in an $8 million real estate scheme that defrauded a Jerseyville couple, among others. From the Belleville News-Democrat.

Associated Links
Mortgage Fraud Blog
FBI Field Office List - to report Mortgage Fraud
Mortgage Bankers Association's Mortgage Fraud Against Lenders Resource Center
Mortgage Bankers Association

Knowledge is power. TINIX is knowledge™.
Let TINIX technology share the knowledge and give your organization power over fraud.