FTC, State Enforcers Sue Scammers, Warn Others; Announce Education Campaign Designed to Reach Borrowers Directly. 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 non-profit partners.
?Scammers are taking advantage of people in a difficult situation ? people who are trying to modify their home mortgages or those who are trying to avoid foreclosure. We?re enforcing the law against these scam artists; we?re putting others on notice that unless they change their ways, they?re next; and we?re working with other government agencies, non-profits, and mortgage companies to reach out to our neighbors in distress with the details of how to get help,? said Chairman Leibowitz.
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Consumer Alert (in adobe pdf format) from John Allison of the Department of Banking and Consumer Finance.