Fraud News and Resources

Rachel Dollar is the editor of Mortgage Fraud Blog.   She is a California attorney and Certified Mortgage Banker who handles litigation for mortgage lenders, servicers and financial institutions.
 
The FBI has 56 field offices (also called divisions) centrally located in major metropolitan areas across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.  Each field office is overseen by a special agent in charge, except offices in Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C., which are headed by an assistant director in charge due to their large size. Within these field offices are a total of about 380 resident agencies located in smaller cities and towns.
 
FBI Mortgage Fraud
From foreclosure frauds to subprime lending, mortgage fraud is a growing crime threat that is hurting homeowners, businesses and the national economy.  The FBI has developed new ways to detect and combat mortgage fraud, including collecting and analyzing data to spot emerging trends and patterns.
 
The state and territorial attorneys general are a leading force in protecting the rights of consumers.  They can be found at the forefront of protecting their citizens, making use of a wide variety of investigative and enforcement tools to prevent deceptive practices and fraud. Through civil and criminal litigation, mediation, public and business education, local and federal legislative initiatives and cooperative enforcement actions, the attorneys general play a key role in protecting the rights of their citizens.
 

The United States Department of Justice
The Department of Justice is empowered to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law, ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic, provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime, seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior and ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Included in the department's Strategic Plan for FY 2014-18 is and overalleffort and coordination among DOJ components to address the mortgage fraud threat.
 
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is charged with making markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans — whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products.  An informed consumer is the first line of defense against abusive practices.
 
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Tips for Spotting Fraudulent Documents:
  • Any document purporting the existence of a common law court or court that is not legitimate.
  • We know what courts are legitimate – Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, District Courts, County Courts, Commissioners Courts and Justices of the Peace.
  • Any document (usually homemade) that attempts to alter or abolish a person’s legal or political relations with a state government or the United States.
  • The document appears irregular on its face or form.
  • The document contains excessive verbiage religious in nature or contains special characters as part of a person’s name (for example: @ or ©)
  • Any document (usually homemade) that attempts to alter or abolish a person’s legal or political relations with a state government or the United States.
 

 

 
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