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* Morgan Hill Police Warn Homeowners About Foreclosure “Rescue and Lease back” scam

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Morgan Hill police and the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office are advising residents to be aware of scam artists posing as foreclosure rescuers. Police believe some homeowners may have fallen victim to a foreclosure “rescue and lease back” scam in which scam artists pose as foreclosure rescuers and deceive homeowners facing eviction into believing that they can move back into a home that has been foreclosed upon even after a court has ordered their eviction, according to police. The scam artists record documents such as fraudulent deeds, police said. Individuals and businesses offering mortgage-foreclosure consulting, loan modification and foreclosure-assistance services are required by law to register with the state attorney general’s office and post a $100,000 bond. Loan modification consultants and businesses are not permitted to charge up-front fees for their services, police said. Residents can verify a person or company offering foreclosure assistance by visiting http://ag.ca.gov/loanmod. Anyone who has information regarding this type of scam is encouraged to contact Detective Guerrero at (408) 779-2101 or District Attorney Investigator Jamie Gauthier at (408) 792-2707.

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