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Watch Out For Foreclosure Scams!

By JLP | November 28, 2006

It never ceases to amaze me at the lengths that people will go to in order to make a buck. One of the latest scams, called mortgage fraud, involves companies that disguise themselves as “helpers” to homeowners who are struggling to make payments on their homes and are facing foreclosure. Lingling Wei states in this article ($) in last weekend’s Wall Street Journal:

The problem centers on foreclosure-rescue companies, which target homeowners behind on their mortgage payments through newspaper ads or fliers claiming services such as “fast cash,” “equity funding” and “no credit check.” According to some recent cases filed by consumers and regulators, the companies mislead borrowers into believing they can save their homes from foreclosure in exchange for a transfer of the title for a year or two. The companies promise borrowers they can stay in their homes by paying rent for that period, giving them time to catch up financially until they can buy back their property. Often unknown to the borrowers, however, the companies may have sold their homes to a third party, stripping out the home equity and leaving the borrowers on the verge of eviction.

I know we have all heard this line MILLIONS of times, but I feel like I need to say it again:

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

The real shame is that most of these buyers were probably duped when they bought the house in the first place, using risky mortgages in order to “afford” the mortgage payment. It’s a shame but that’s the way the world works.

Topics: Housing Market, Mortgages | 7 Comments »

7 Responses to “Watch Out For Foreclosure Scams!”

  1. Matt Says:
    November 29th, 2006 at 8:54 am

    It never ceases to amaze me just how gullible some people can be. If you’re making a huge purchase and short on money a magical fairy isn’t going to offer you money for virtually free… it doesn’t make sense why would someone invest their money without a decent return on it?

    Why is common sense so rare?

  2. prlinkbiz Says:
    November 29th, 2006 at 10:09 am

    There are ways to do things simliar to this that aren’t scams. However, research and third party verifiers are worth their weight in gold.

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    December 1st, 2006 at 6:22 am

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  4. Blaine Moore (First Time Home Owner) Says:
    December 1st, 2006 at 9:37 am

    If it sounds too good to be true? That does not sound good to me at all. I can not imagine being so far behind in my payments that I would even consider transferring my title to somebody else.

    Maybe it is because I live within my means and have had my house less than a year and am ahead on my payments and bought within my means in the first place with a standard loan rather than a wacky one, but I just can not imagine being in that situation.

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  6. David law Says:
    July 26th, 2007 at 11:56 pm

    The more you define it,the more it become murky.

  7. Foreclosure Network USA Says:
    February 18th, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Thank you for this great knowledge.
    This will be certainly help me.