Wide Spread Loan Modification Abuse Avoid Becoming a Victim

With so many people facing foreclosure today, thousands of loan modification companies have emerged offering a financial lifeline. Unfortunately, most demand big upfront fees, are not sufficiently educated in the industry to actually help, and may hurt by wasting valuable time and effort, or many companies (about 75%) are in the business to scam people. As stated by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan–If you are struggling to make your mortgage payments, or if you are facing foreclosure, stay away from anyone who says that they will save your home for money upfront-.

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Loss Mitigation Specialist C. Thompson Sr (Nationwide Assistance, Clermont, FLA), has determined several tale tale signs of scamming by these companies:

Charges a huge upfront fee- the purpose of the fee is to contact the lender to ask for a loan modification. But, if turned down, only half the fee or none of the fee is returned. In these cases, there should be a money back guarantee.

Will not explain the purpose of the fee- all services should be explained and all questions answered.

Is not interested in your circumstances- may not have your best interest at heart.

Does not stop the foreclosure proceedings during the negotiation.

Will accept the first proposal from the lender, which may not suit your circumstances.

A virtual company-no real office- may not be a real company.

Too good to be true- promises a fantastic interest rate or/and an exact principle reduction amount, without consulting the lender. No promises can be made without negtiating with the lender.

No approval process-An approval process should be the first step in the modification process, before a fee is paid. The process should not include credit qualification, and approval should not be made on the first phone call.

Not a member of the Better Business Bureau.-they are not a leader in the industry.

Fortunately, you can avoid these scams. There are other avenues to pursue if you need assistance with your urgent mortgage problems. Consider a non-profit agency that will assist you without charging a fee, or a real estate licensee and an attorney who will work and allow payment after the work is completed. You can also obtain free advice and consultation for your refinance, loan modification and foreclosure needs through several government agencies:

Hope NOW –

FHA –

California Department of Real Estate –

Making Home Affordable-

The information presented above applies to home refinancing and loan modification abuse. However, if you are seriously looking to improve your finances in general, visit to find out more.

California Victim of Financial Elder Abuse Says Bank Did Not Question Withdrawals

A recent victim of financial elder abuse claims that Bank of America did not question transactions when she withdrew money. The senior citizen victim was allegedly scammed out of approximately $35,000. Police are searching for a black woman in her 40’s who disappeared with the money. California financial elder abuse attorneys warn seniors to be wary when people they do not know well as them to withdraw money from their accounts.

According to authorities in this case, the suspect told the senior citizen victim that the president of Bank of America had contacted her and told her that he need the victim to pull money out of the bank. The suspect promised the victim $572,000 in return for doing so. The victim then withdrew $12,000 from a Bank of America in Redlands, California, and another $23,000 from another Bank of America branch in San Bernadino, California. California financial elder abuse attorneys warn seniors that bank officials will not ask them to withdraw money from their accounts.

Bank of America officials say that there are security efforts in place to protect senior citizen customers from financial elder abuse. Bank of America has stated that bankers and tellers receive extensive training to identify banking transactions that are out of the ordinary. Bank of America officials also stated that they follow applicable state laws which may include contacting Adult Protective Services or local law enforcement. California financial elder abuse attorneys remind the public to be vigilant regarding financial elder abuse.

In this case, the suspect befriended the stranger in a grocery store parking lot. After the money was removed from the accounts, the suspect told the victim that the bank president wanted them to put the money in the victim’s trunk and return to the other Bank of America branch to fill out paperwork. The suspect then went to use the bathroom and disappeared with the money.

Evans Law Firm, Inc. handles elder abuse, financial elder abuse, physical elder abuse, annuity fraud, consumer fraud class actions, insurance and banking fraud cases. If you think that you have witnessed or are the victim of elder abuse, or financial fraud then contact Evans Law Firm, Inc. at 415-441-8669 for a free and confidential consultation, or email us at