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Three Mortgage Brokers Arrested in Handcuffs from Mortgage Refinance Scam

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California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that agents from his office have arrested Michael McConville, and two of his associates for their roles in a “criminal conspiracy” to steal nearly $1 million from borrowers seeking to refinance their homes. McConville and his co-conspirators lured dozens of borrowers into refinancing home loans by falsely promising low interest rates ... Read More »

Peoples First Financial and FHA All Day in the News Again.

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Several loan modification companies made an appearance in a recent Atlanta Journal Constitution article, ‘Companies Promise Foreclosure Help, Don’t Deliver‘ about the dangers of loan modification or foreclosure rescue companies. Companies are facing both civil and criminal charges in different states for their actions which are generally considered to rip-off consumers by promising services these companies either can’t or don’t ... Read More »

Loan Modification Boiler Room and Success Rate Exposed

Responding to a just-released report that exposes the inner workings of a loan modification boiler room, California Attorney General Brown warned homeowners to avoid “shadowy and unscrupulous” loan modification consultants who use aggressive telemarketing tactics and charge thousands of dollars in upfront fees for foreclosure relief. The report, written by a court-appointed receiver, found that H.E. Servicing, Inc., a loan ... Read More »

Foreclosure Rescue and Mortgage Modification Help Just Bad Actors in New Clothes

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The New York Times has a great article out about the transformation of subprime mortgage brokers into new entities that promise to sell help for people to get mortgage help. Late last year, he and his team — ensconced in the same office where they used to broker mortgages — began working for a loan modification company. For fees reaching ... Read More »

Mortgage Lenders Start to Foreclose but Stop to Leave Owners On The Hook

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I just finished reading a really great article titled “Lenders Abandoning Foreclosed Properties” that was eye opening. Apparently lenders are beginning the foreclosure process, the home owner moves out, but before the foreclosure sale is finalized, the lenders are halting them. This seems to leave the home vacant and still the financial responsibility of the owner that thinks they lost ... Read More »

California Sues Individuals, Lawyers and Companies That Offered Loan Modification Services

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Attorney General Brown Sues 21 Individuals and 14 Companies Who Ripped Off Homeowners Desperate for Mortgage Relief As part of a massive federal-state crackdown on loan modification scams, Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. at a press conference today announced the filing of legal action against 21 individuals and 14 companies who ripped off thousands of homeowners desperately seeking mortgage ... Read More »

New Jersey Goes After Loan Modification and Debt Settlement Companies. Suits Filed.

Continuing the State’s effort to combat mortgage-related fraud, New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram announced today the filing of two new lawsuits charging a total of 10 individual and corporate defendants with selling bogus loan modification services to distressed homeowners. Defendants in the two unrelated cases are charged with collecting unlawful “up-front” fees for loan modification services that either never ... Read More »

California Attorney General Sues Foreclosure Consultant and Attorney Over Avoid Foreclosure Scheme

Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today sued a foreclosure consultant and an attorney — Paul Noe Jr. and Mitchell Roth – who conned 2,000 desperate homeowners into paying exorbitant fees for “phony lawsuits” to forestall foreclosure proceedings. These lawsuits were filed and abandoned, even though homeowners were charged $1,800 in upfront fees, at least $1,200 per month and contingency ... Read More »

Don’t Get Scammed By Dishonest Loan Modification Companies

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More news today about loan modification companies and the troubles people are having in paying them for help. “They convinced me they could help save my home and intervene on my behalf as a third party with my mortgage company,” said Mr. Briscoe, who bought his Tucson home in 2005. The company charged him $2,000 and told him he should ... Read More »

New York Attorney General Goes After Loan Modification and Foreclosure Rescue Companies for Screwing Consumers

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Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced his office is taking legal action against a leading New York foreclosure rescue company for charging illegal up-front fees and engaging in consumer fraud. The company targets homeowners facing foreclosure by claiming that it can save their homes, but often fails to provide the services promised. The Attorney General’s Office served a notice of ... Read More »

Loan Modification Companies May Not Charge Up-Front Fees Says Florida Attorney General

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Attorney General Bill McCollum announced that his office has filed a lawsuit against an Orlando loan modification company alleging the company was committing foreclosure rescue fraud. Three Angels Community Action Network and company president Sherrard A. Haugabrooks are named in the lawsuit filed in Seminole County Circuit Court. The lawsuit specifically alleges violations of Florida’s Foreclosure Rescue Law, §501.1377. Members ... Read More »

California AG Takes Action Against Foreclosure Consultants & Loan Modification Companies

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Continuing his fight against scam artists who “prey on” vulnerable Californians, Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a directive forcing foreclosure consultants to register with his office and post a $100,000 bond by July 1, 2009. Those who fail to do so will be in violation of state law, subject to criminal penalties of up to a year ... Read More »

Just Because Your Bank Modified Your Mortgage Doesn’t Mean It Will Stick

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A very interesting article on the Mortgage law Network appeared that you should be aware of. And banks are failing at an alarming rate. When a bank is taken over by the FDIC, the FDIC is protected by law from “side deals” made with borrowers which might tend to reduce the value of your loan to them. What does this ... Read More »

Facing Foreclosure? Be Stupid and Burn The House Down Instead.

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Well at least that’s some are thinking of doing and it’s got the insurance industry on edge. Allstate insurance says they’ve already seen an increase nationally in arsons among homes in foreclosure. In California, the state’s insurance division reports that the number of questionable residential fires in 2007 increased 76 percent over 2006. The logic here isn’t too hard to ... Read More »

FBI & FTC Investigating Foreclosure Rescue Companies and Loan Modification Schemes

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The Federal Trade Commission today announced a crackdown on fraud and deception by mortgage modification and home foreclosure rescue companies. The FTC is seeking to halt the proliferation of these mortgage relief scams – which target distressed and vulnerable consumers who are delinquent or facing foreclosure – through increased law enforcement, consumer outreach, and close coordination with federal, state, and ... Read More »

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