When Someone Suggests Mortgage Modification

When someone suggests a mortgage modification for you to help you avoid foreclosure, proceed very carefully. Many of these people are out to make money, and a lot of them are running scams that may lead you further into debt.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau warns you to watch out when you talk to someone who says he or she can help modify your mortgage, especially if they:

  • Tell you to stop making mortgage loan payments. Not making your mortgage loan payments could hurt your credit score and limit your options.
  • Tell you to start making payments to someone other than your servicer or lender.
  • Ask you to pay high fees upfront to receive services.
  • Promises to get you a loan modification.
  • Ask you to sign over title to your property.
  • Ask you to sign papers you do not understand.
  • Pressure you to sign papers immediately.

 You can get  free, truthful help by callling  (855) 411-CFPB (2372) from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday to be connected to a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-approved housing counselor today.

If you think you’ve been scammed:


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Barbara Nevins Taylor

As the winner of 22 Emmy Awards and a slew of journalism honors and awards, I created ConsumerMojo.com to give you the straight story about complicated stuff. Tell us what you want to know and we'll get you the answers.

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