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Beware of Foreclosure Rescue and Loan Modification Scams

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Beware of Unethical Mortgage Foreclosure Rescue and Loan Modification Operators

A fairly new and dangerous threat has arisen for homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments and may be at risk of foreclosure – opportunistic companies. They often refer to themselves as a “foreclosure consultant” or “mortgage consultant,” and market themselves as a "foreclosure service", "foreclosure rescue agency" or "loan modification company." They count on homeowners being vulnerable and desperate.

These companies claim they can assist homeowners facing foreclosure with options that allow them to keep their property, refinance or modify an existing mortgage, repair credit or help “buy more time.” In reality, these “options” are intended to convince you to take the wrong steps so they can take your money and possibly your home.

Remember the old saying, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. ”

Be safe. It is important that you take action by contacting your mortgage lender – or any legitimate financial counselor – to find real options to avoid foreclosure. A number of agencies provide free counseling services to homeowners who are having trouble making ends meet (see the “Protect Yourself and Resources Sections”). These agencies can help you explore your options, which may range from modifying your loan to refinancing your loan to selling your home and using any equity to start over.





Last Updated 06/15/2009 communityaffairs@fdic.gov