Alabama Consumer Credit Lawyer Judson E. Crump discusses how dumb mortgage servicers can be.
You can do something about it. You must take action as soon as you can if you think that you or someone you love has been ripped off by a loan mod scams. You have rights that you may not even know about.
These scams are all over the place. I’ve seen at least three separate outfits that have tried to screw my clients. Most of them seem to be located in Florida, for some reason, but if they’re doing business here, we can absolutely take them to court here.
Even if they have “successfully” obtained a loan modification for you, they still may be breaking the law and harming you (without your knowledge) by committing bank fraud on your behalf. This is serious stuff. If you’re currently paying monthly fees to a “loan mod specialist” who hasn’t obtained a loan modification for you yet, then you need to stop paying them ASAP and ask for a full and immediate refund.
See, they’re not allowed to charge you a dime up front. And they’re also not allowed to instruct you to quit paying your mortgage.
Please don’t fall for these guys! Some examples I’ve seen that break the MARS rule:
- Ocean Legal Group
- Fresh Start “law firm”
- Pinepoint law group
Notice a pattern? They all pretend to be lawyers, when they’re not.
Answer: Most of them are scams. Here’s how you know: 1) They promise legal advice, or pseudo-legal advice. “Forensic audits” are a big keyword they like to use.
2) They promise to stop a foreclosure without bankruptcy, unless they’re very experienced lawyers located in your county. Why? You can’t stop a foreclosure without a bankruptcy or TRO in Alabama.
3) Up Front fees. Or advising you to quit paying your mortgage company and start paying them instead. Use common sense. Call a real lawyer.
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