When you buy a home you buy the title to the property and you are registered in the provincial land titles registry as the owner of the property. Fraud for title starts with a con artist committing identity theft against a homeowner. Identity theft occurs when your personal information is collected and used by someone identifying himself or herself as you. Committing identify theft enables the con artist to then use the homeowners’ identity to get a new mortgage on the property, sell the home, or transfer the title of a mortgage-free property into their name. Once the funds are advanced, the con artist leaves with the money and the actual homeowners are forced to take legal steps to prove the fraud and regain ownership of their property. Subsequently, you can protect yourself from title fraud by protecting yourself from identity theft. To avoid identity theft, remember to place important identification in a safe place, regularly monitor your financial statements for unusual transactions, dispose of mail containing personal information safely, and keep information on file with the credit bureau up to date.