One in 240 California housing units was in foreclosure in April 2011, according to Realty Trac, a statistic that places California foreclosures about 2.5 times higher than the national average. Those statistics alone make the state a ripe market for loan modification scammers.
The Lawyer’s Committee is starting to file complaints against Nathanson Law Center and other alleged loan mod scammers. The suit claims that the defendants lured desperate homeowners into paying up-front fees to secure them loan mods, and then did little or no work to follow up on their promised services. While homeowners were offered 100% guarantees that their funds would be returned if a modification could not be obtained, the defendants later refused to turn their fees. Many of the victims lost thousands of dollars – or worse, their homes.
If you believe you have been the victim of a loan mod scam, you are encouraged to call (888) 995-HOPE or visit www.preventloanscams.org and click “Report a Scam!” Victims are being represented free of charge
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