Throughout our state, Floridians are having to make tough choices about their finances, and often those decisions revolve around the state of their home mortgages. My office has seen a substantial increase in the number of scams based on offers to modify homeowners' loans or rescue them from impending foreclosures. Last year I worked with our Legislature to pass a new law protecting consumers from foreclosure rescue fraud, and my Mortgage Fraud Task Force has already sued several companies for allegedly collecting up front fees and not providing any promised services.
Preying on homeowners in a time of desperation is really one of the lowest things a con artist could do. Imagine a homeowner's frantic realization that the company he or she was working with to save his or her home was actually taking that homeowner's hard-earned money and allowing the mortgage to fall further behind in payments.
My office will continue to aggressively pursue companies and individuals who are targeting Florida's homeowners and trying to profit from their desperate situations.