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Fraud Prevention

With all the advances in technology, criminals finding new avenues to take advantage of individuals. 

Between rental scams and faulty brokers, faulty craigslist postings, the numbers of scams aimed to take your money or property keeps increasing. Make sure you are aware of current scams to avoid being a victim.

Filing complaints with the Federal Trade Commission will help them detect patterns of fraud and abuse. The FTC would like to know more about your complaint and an online complain assistant can help send your report online. 

Topics

What is Mortgage Fraud?

Mortgage fraud has become more prevalent over time and is a particular concern during an economic recession. Upheaval in housing markets, homeowners facing foreclosure and unscrupulous persons looking for easy money all contribute to a climate in which mortgage fraud may occur.

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Housing Law

Housing Law includes such issues as: Eviction; Unlawful lockouts; Wrongful utility shutoff; HUD housing; Needed repairs in rental units; Tenant education and training; and Notices to tenants.

As the cost of housing increases, as the availability of decent units diminishes, and as real incomes fall, families find themselves in conflict with their landlords. When the owner moves the evict, or to turn affordable housing into market rate units, or when a tenant’s subsidy or application for assistance is challenged, the Housing Team is the only full service resource providing advice, direct intervention and in-Court representation for eligible residents of San Diego County. Contact the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.

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San Diego County District Attorney

How to report suspected real estate fraud.

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Foreclosure Fraud - Don’t Give Away Your Home

You wouldn’t hand over the keys to your home to a stranger. In just the same way, homeowners shouldn’t be careless when they choose someone to help them with their mortgage problems. This is particularly true for people who are having trouble making home loan payments or are facing foreclosure. This site offers resources to avoid fraud, especially when in financial trouble. 

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Consumer Guide to Mortgage Fraud Prevention

This guide is designed to help consumers educate themselves about mortgage fraud and learn how to avoid becoming either a victim or perpetrator of mortgage fraud. Unlike much of the information that is available regarding mortgage fraud, this guide emphasizes on the consumer aspects of fraud and fraud prevention, rather than those aspects that are mainly of interest to lenders and other mortgage professionals

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