I ran across this information the other day and wanted to share it.
Scam artists are stealing millions of dollars from distressed homeowners by promising immediate relief from foreclosure, or demanding cash for counseling services when HUD-approved counseling agencies provide the same services for FREE. If you receive an offer, information or advice that sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t let them take advantage of you, your situation, your house or your money.
How To Spot A Foreclosure Scam
Beware of a company or person who:
- Asks for a fee in advance to work with your lender to modify, refinance or reinstate your mortgage.
- Guarantees they can stop a foreclosure or get your loan modified.
- Advises you to stop paying your mortgage company and pay them instead.
- Pressures you to sign over the deed to your home or sign any paperwork that you haven’t had a chance to read, and you don’t fully understand.
- Claims to offer “government-approved” or “official government” loan modifications.
- Asks you to release personal financial information online or over the phone and you have not been working with this person and/or do not know them.
How to Report a Scam
- Go to preventloanscams.org fill out the Loan Modification Scam Prevention Network’s (LMSPN) complaint from online and get more information on how to fight back. Note: you can also fill out this form and send to the fax number/e-mail/address (your choice!) on the back of the form.
- Call 1(888) 995-HOPE (4673) and tell the counselor about your situation and that you believe you got scammed or know of a scam.
The Loan Modification Scam Prevention Network is a newly formed, national coalition of governmental and private organizations led by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, NeighborWorks America and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Cynthia T. Lawson is the Managing Partner of the Bond & Botes Law Offices location in Knoxville, Tennessee. She holds a Bachelor of Science from East Tennessee State University, and a Juris Doctorate from University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She currently serves as a Mentor for the Moment in bankruptcy.Read her full bio here.