Mortgage Asset Research Institute Inc., Reston, Va., has introduced an early-alert system to help the industry detect and combat fraud.The Mortgage Fraud Alert System is "a cooperative service that notifies participating companies about emerging patterns of alleged fraud in its early stages," MARI said. The companies contribute information to the system and can use the shared data to help mitigate potential risk and minimize their exposure. The company said it worked closely with the Mortgage Bankers Association to create the alert system. MARI is a subsidiary of ChoicePoint, a provider of identification and credential verification services. It can be found online at http://www.mari-inc.com.

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