I have been trying to get Bank of America to work with me for three years on a modification. I have had no luck.
I came across a company that goes by the name; National Advocacy Program. They told me I qualifiy for their help at a cost of $3,500. I have tried to get som information about them and I am afraid it is a scam. Do you know anything about them?
After looking at their site my initial reaction is I would label the sales pitch as questionable.
First off you attached a refund addendum with your question. It seems to violate the federal rule on advance fees for mortgage assistance under the FTC Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS) rule. Under that rule:
It’s illegal to charge upfront fees. You can’t collect money from a customer unless you deliver – and the cus- tomer agrees to – a written offer of mortgage relief from the customer’s lender or servicer. – Source
Here is what the document you sent in says:
This addendum to the contract between (client) _ _______________________________________, and National Advocacy Program dated on, _______________ is to guarantee that the client will receive a full refund of the amount client has paid, minus the hard cost of $700. If the client does not get permission from the lender to move forward with submitting their paper work for the processing of the modification, National Advocacy Program will ask the client for a couple more weeks to work on sending out more complaints to get the clients bank, and executive’s office to respond. If for any reason the client’s bank does not contact the client, or National Advocacy Program to move forward on the clients file, we will make a full refund minus the $700 hard cost.
Once the client has heard from their banks executives office, or if the clients bank contacts National Advocacy Program, and the clients bank request to move the clients file forward, the client will be responsible for making any other payments as agreed upon in the National Advocacy program payment promissory note.
The National Advocacy Program website says, “National Advocacy Program is an organization providing honest and unbiased information to troubled homeowners” but I wonder if they honestly informed you that can’t collect and advance fee or that you should contact a free HUD Housing Counselor for mortgage assistance before forking over $3,500? – Source
But on their home page they say that what they offer is not a loan modification. So what in the world are they assisting you with then?
And then they talk about how they coach you through the process: “As your advocate, we COACH the consumer on how to deal with the bank throughout the communications with the bank and/or agencies and government officials who may contact them and advise them on next steps.” – Source
The company claims to be located at:
National Advocacy Program
250 Fischer Avenue
Costa Mesa, California 92626
According to the California Secretary of State office, there is no company registered to do business in California under the name National Advocacy Program. A really big Red Flag.
The domain name ownership is hidden. Another red flag.
I urge you to follow my two guides to evaluate your choice of any company.
- The Ultimate Consumer Guide to Checking Out a Debt Relief Company Before You Sign On the Line
- How to Check Out a Business or Company to Avoid Getting Scammed or Ripped Off
You can look at the related articles section of this post to see what has been written about them in the past. The comments on any relevant post may be enlightening as well.
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