Fighting Predatory Mortgage Scam Artists – Notes from Public Counsel

Hi everyone,

The California Department of Corporations (DOC) and the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) are providing assistance to financially stressed homeowners who are often targeted by predatory mortgage scam artists. The DOC and DRE license and regulate a variety of entities involved with the mortgage process.  Helpful referrals below:

1)      Before hiring anyone to help modify a loan, anyone may contact the DRE at (877) DRE-4LIC.  Their website is

2)      To file a complaint against a mortgage loan modification consultant, you may contact the Attorney General’s Office, Public Inquiry Unit at (800) 952-5225.  Their website is

3)      To verify the license of someone servicing or negotiating terms of your mortgage loan, you may contact the DOC at (866) ASK-CORP.  Their website is

Also, the Foreclosure Reduction Act will be effective starting Jan. 1, 2013.  The Act accomplishes four main goals:

1)      Prohibits “dual tracking” that occurs when a mortgage loan services initiates the foreclosure process on a homeowner who is still negotiating a loan modification;

2)      Provides a homeowner with a single point of contact to assist them throughout the loan modification process;

3)      Requires mortgage services to review competent and reliable evidence to substantiate their right to foreclose; and

4)      Creates a remedy for borrowers to seek legal action against their loan services for material violations of the law.

I have attached a flyer with additional information.

Have a great weekend!



Magdalena Reyes Bordeaux
Senior Staff Attorney
Public Counsel
Consumer Law Project & Debtor Assistance Project

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