In the last few years, outfits have popped up offering home owners "forensic loan audits." They say they'll review the homeowner's mortgage loan documents, establish whether the lender complied with federal and state laws and speed up the process of requesting a loan modification.
The truth is that even if the audit reveals errors in the loan documents, the process very rarely results in a loan modification or rescind.
Even worse, scammers often make false promises that they will secure a loan mod, principal reduction or have the loan rescinded. Then they just string homeowners along or simply disappear. Here's how to protect yourself:
Don't trust anyone who guarantees results.
Don't work with anyone who asks for an upfront fee.
Don't sign any contracts under time pressure and don't sign any you don't understand.
Don't stop paying your mortgage, even if they tell you to.
Don't give anyone your personal financial information, except an appropriate loan help organization.
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