- FinCEN analyzed a sampling of SARs to identify any trends or patterns of suspected mortgage loan fraud.
- The assessment reveals that suspected mortgage loan fraud in the United States has risen substantially in the past year.
- Many of the SARs reviewed included more than one characterization of suspicious activity in addition to mortgage fraud. "False statement" was the most reported activity in conjunction with mortgage loan fraud, while "identity theft" was the fastest growing secondary characterization reported.
- Mortgage brokers or correspondent lenders initiated loans in nearly 37 percent of the sample.
- Emerging mortgage fraud schemes identified include asset rental and debt elimination fraud.
- The assessment may be useful to law enforcement, regulatory authorities and financial institutions offering mortgage loan products.
FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Loan Officer
. Suspicious Activity Reports
. FFIEC white paper entitled "The Detection,
Investigation, and Deterrence of Mortgage Loan
Fraud Involving Third Parties." Refer to:
http://www.ffiec.gov/exam/3P_Mtg_Fraud_wp_oct04.pdf - PDF 1032k (PDF Help)
. 2006 Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal
Practice. Refer to:
Examination Specialist Debra L. Stabile at
SASFIL@fdic.gov or (202) 898-3673
FIL-4-2007 - PDF 38k (PDF Help)
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