What is a foreclosure rescue scam? This is when your house is in foreclosure and you are approached by a company that says, well, we will take care of this for you. We will take care of making the payments and get your mortgage paid off. We need for you to go ahead and sign a contract, agreeing to transfer the property to us, or in fact, even filing to have the deed transferred to this rescue company. What they then do is they don’t do anything. As far as the lender’s concerned, they try and find someone to purchase a property for an amount in excess of whatever is owed to the lender. And then if they find that will then you have lost your equity, any equity in the property, and they are entitled to. They keep the money. They may even have you sign a deed, which they hold an escrow, but the scam is they don’t do anything.
They don’t file anything in the court proceeding. They don’t pay the lender anything. And so you’re sitting there thinking that they’ve rescued you from this foreclosure action. And meanwhile, the foreclosure action just continues to roll along and you lose the property in a foreclosure action and your credit is damaged and that there is a foreclosure action. So be aware when someone comes in and offers to rescue you from this foreclosure action, you should contact an attorney about whatever the action is and have that reviewed before you agree to it. And talk to the lawyer about what your rights are and how you can resolve the foreclosure action, either through a, a deed in lieu of foreclosure or an agreement to a short sale, or a stipulation to judgment and a waiver of deficiency. So there’s any number of other alternatives, but be aware of someone that’s going to save you from a foreclosure action. If you have any questions, give me a call at (727) 847-2288.