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CFPB Goes After Mortgage Relief Scammers

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Consumer advisory: Don’t fall for a foreclosure relief scam or bogus legal help The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and 15 states announced a sweep against foreclosure relief scammers that used deceptive marketing tactics to rip off distressed homeowners across the country. The Bureau is filing three lawsuits against companies and individuals that collected more ... Read More »

Mortgage Relief Scams Pay Millions to FTC

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The South Florida-based defendants in an alleged mortgage relief scam will surrender their assets and be banned permanently from providing mortgage relief and debt relief services to consumers under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. This settlement represents the FTC’s largest judgment to date against a purported mortgage assistance relief provider. In 2012, as part of the Distressed Homeowner ... Read More »

American Mortgage Consultants and Home Guardian Solutions Charged With Allegedly Screwing Consumers by FTC

The FTC alleged that since early 2011, the defendants claimed a phony affiliation with the U.S. government, pretended to be attorneys, and promised to substantially lower monthly mortgage payments in exchange for an up-front fee ranging from $1,495 to $4,495. Along with two companies he controls – American Mortgage Consulting Group, LLC and Home Guardian Management Solutions, LLC – defendant ... Read More »

New Life Financial Solutions, 1st United Consultants, and Expense Management America Exposed by Get Out of Debt Guy and Nailed by FTC

As far back as early 2011, the GetOutOfDebt.org site has been publishing information about and warning consumers about suspicious and concerning practices by a number of interrelated companies promising financial help and foreclosure relief. These schemes were not uncovered by the site alone. Readers and insiders also sent in critical information that led to the unraveling of the operations. From ... Read More »

Mortgage Modification and Foreclosure Rescue Companies Hammered by FTC

The Federal Trade Commission has announced some sweeping actions to protect homeowners that have been harmed by companies promising mortgage assistance but who allegedly only took money and ultimately didn’t deliver the help and outcomes promised. Prime Legal Plans/Reaching U Network. The FTC alleged that from at least mid-2010, the defendants behind this scheme marketed mortgage relief services in English ... Read More »

Hope Now Schemers Officially Out Of The Mortgage Business

It’s official! The last remaining defendants in an allegedly fraudulent mortgage modification scheme called “Hope Now” have settled with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that will permanently ban them from the mortgage assistance and relief business. They will also be forced to return any fraudulent-earned gains to consumers. The settlement with Michael Kwasnik and his law firm is part of ... Read More »

Is The Mortgage Law Group and The Law Firm of Macey, Aleman, and Searns a Scam? They Told Me Not Pay My Mortgage. – Katie

“Dear Steve, I was looking up this law firm; The Law Firm of Macey, Alman and Searns. I was looking on the web today to find answers and or a solution to my mortgage dilemma. I came accross a site : US Mortgage Relief, called the 866 number and signed up with this firm… I since have called them back ... Read More »

Mortgage Relief Services Advance Fee Ban – Live

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The advance fee ban under the FTC’s Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS) Rule is designed to protect financially distressed homeowners from mortgage relief scams that have sprung up during the mortgage crisis. “Banning the collection of up-front fees will protect homeowners from being victimized,” FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said. “This is especially important at a time when so many people ... Read More »

My Highlighted Copy of the FTC Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rules

Recently the FTC passed new rules to protect consumers from deceptive mortgage relief providers who claim that for compensation they can help save a home from foreclosure or modify a mortgage. Below you will find a link to the final rule issued by the FTC with my highlights of what I felt was most important in the rule. FEDERAL TRADE ... Read More »

FTC Announces New Advanced Fee Ban for Mortgage Assistance Relief Services

Homeowners will be protected by a new Federal Trade Commission rule that bans providers of mortgage foreclosure rescue and loan modification services from collecting fees until homeowners have a written offer from their lender or servicer that they decide is acceptable. “At a time when many Americans are struggling to pay their mortgages, peddlers of so-called mortgage relief services have ... Read More »

Debt Settlement Not Singled Out for Advance Fee Regulation. MARS Hit as Well.

Here is a very interesting letter from the National Association of Attorneys General regarding new proposed rules by the FTC for mortgage assistance relief services (MARS). The loan modification industry has be filled with deception and abuse and many consumers have lost thousands when law groups promised results but did not deliver. Two recent failures come to mind, Liberty Law ... Read More »

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