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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) uncovered a series of cases of appraiser identity theft. The schemes varied but resulted from someone using the State certification number of a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) roster appraiser. The FHA roster appraiser was unaware of the misuse until it came to light, usually by accident.

“Appraisal fraud, including appraiser identity theft, is a concern to the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC).  In general, appraisal fraud appears to have declined over the past several years. …