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OCC Consumer Tips for Avoiding Mortgage Modification Scams and Foreclosure Rescue Scams

Posted by Hopeton on April 21, 2009

Scams that promise to “rescue” you from foreclosure are popping up at an alarming rate nationwide, and you need to protect yourself and your home.

If you’re falling behind on your mortgage, others may know it, too — including con artists and scam artists. They know that people in these situations are vulnerable and often desperate. Potential victims are easy to find: mortgage lenders publish notices before foreclosing on homes. Private firms frequently compile and sell lists of these foreclosed properties and distressed borrowers. After reading these notices, con artists approach their targets in person, by mail, over the telephone, or by e-mail. They often advertise their services on television, radio, or the Web, and in newspapers, describing themselves as “foreclosure consultants” or “mortgage consultants,” offering “foreclosure prevention” or “foreclosure rescue” services. And they are only too happy to take advantage of homeowners who want to save their homes.

If someone offers to negotiate a loan modification for you or to stop or delay foreclosure for a fee, carefully check his or her credentials, reputation, and experience, watch out for warning signs of a scam, and always maintain personal contact with your lender and mortgage servicer. Your mortgage lender can help you find real options to avoid foreclosure. It is important to contact your mortgage lender early to preserve all your options. There are legitimate consumer financial counseling agencies that can help you work with your lender.

This Consumer Advisory, issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), describes common scams, suggests ways to protect yourself, provides information on U.S. government loan programs and counseling resources, and lists 10 warning signs of a mortgage modification scam.  To read the complete consumer advisory issued by the OCC click here.

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3 Responses to “OCC Consumer Tips for Avoiding Mortgage Modification Scams and Foreclosure Rescue Scams”

  1. mrred said

    Love this blog I’ll be back when I have more time.

  2. Abhorrent practices by lenders within the mortgage industry are called abusive lending. There are some guides for you to identify those blabbermouth swindlers.Think first before biting. And it might be necessary to contact an attorney in your particular state to learn more about this kind of abusive lending.

  3. Mortgage said

    Yeah, It’s really important in the case of a mortgage, Thanks.

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