The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Beware of Foreclosure Scams!

Unfortunately, scam artists are preying on homeowners in crisis. Beware of any individual or organization that wants to charge you a fee to negotiate a refinancing or modification or who makes unrealistic promises that they can save your home. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY ANY FEES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FORECLOSURE PREVENTION PROGRAMS. You should work directly with your current lender/servicer. If you need help or advice, consult a HUD-certified housing counseling agency. The DuPage Homeownership Center is one local HUD-certified agency that offers free housing counseling services. A listing of additional agencies is available at
http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs.cfm?webListAction=search&searchstate=IL.
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre42.shtm
The Federal Trade Commission has important tips on their website to help consumers recognize and avoid foreclosure scams:
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre42.shtm.

If you have paid a fee to a third party and believe you have been the victim of a scam, the Illinois Attorney General's Office may be able to help. You can get more information on their services at
http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/homeowners_help.html.