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Mortgage fraud can happen to you


Last updated 8/28/2017 at Noon

Morton J. Grabel, Esq.

Special to The Village News

Every day thousands of people nationwide are cheated out of money through questionable loan modification programs, false identifications by fakers claiming they are the true homeowners, and other forms of fraudulent actions.

The mortgage industry as a whole, including escrow and title companies, are under close scrutiny these days because of those questionable lending practices and other legal entanglements such as making home loans and mortgages to individuals with fraudulent identities, negligently allowing the bad guys to take millions of dollars in equity and leaving homeowners unaware. Even worse, homeowners are left having to repay the much larger loan.

Still further, there are misleading programs with subprime interest rates that are exorbitant with unnecessary fees, propelling a borrower into even deeper debt.

Are you at risk? Your truthful answer may surprise you.

Traditional targets of mortgage loan fraud come from all walks of life and can be taken for a ride by an unscrupulous lender. There are a few groups of people who commonly attract fraudulent interest rate and fraudulent real estate-related loan scenarios.

Senior citizens are often targeted sadly by brokers who want to take advantage of them and gain access to their life savings. Before engaging in any type of real estate transaction, elderly persons are advised to seek the assistance of an experienced attorney. Going it alone is a guaranteed way to get scammed during a real estate transaction.

Low income individuals and families are more susceptible to mortgage and home loan fraud because they have fewer options for loans. Many times, people feel backed into a corner and are desperate to receive financing – regardless of the details. An experienced lawyer can protect their rights.

Those who have poor credit are a frequent target of underhanded brokers and crooks looking to make a fast, but dishonest buck. If you are looking for a mortgage or for a loan modification, retain an experienced attorney to ensure you aren’t duped out of a substantial amount of money.

If you’re the victim of loan modification fraud, then you know that mortgage modification fraud comes in many shapes and forms. Some con men simply make big promises, collect an upfront fee and then disappear. Others may try to charge for services that are available free through the government or your lender. Still other crooks may try to convince you to transfer your home’s title to them with a promise to lease it back to you or sell it back to you once you can afford to make the mortgage payments.

If you think you may be a victim of loan modification fraud, contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Depending on the specific circumstances of the scam, your lawyer may be able to help you recover your money or regain ownership of your home.

If you believe you have been the victim of mortgage fraud, call the Law Office of Morton Grabel. Please note, the information provided herein is general and not be relied upon for your circumstance or case. For further information or if you have any legal questions, call the Law Offices of Morton J. Grabel in Temecula at (951) 695-7700.

Mort originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a graduate from an American Bar Association Law School, has an MBA, a California nursing home administrator’s License and a California real estate broker’s License, both active and in good standing.


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