SOURCE: Neighborworks America

NeighborWorks America

June 18, 2010 15:10 ET

NeighborWorks America Salutes Operation Stolen Dreams for Efforts to Stamp out Mortgage Fraud

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - June 18, 2010) -  NeighborWorks America salutes the efforts to stamp out mortgage fraud undertaken by Operation Stolen Dreams. As reported by the U.S. Department of Justice, the task force has gone after more than 1,200 criminal defendants who are responsible for more than $2.3 billion in losses, and made 485 arrests.

"We applaud Operation Stolen Dreams and all of the interagency partners for getting these mortgage fraud scam artists off our streets and away from the innocent people being victimized," said Marietta Rodriguez, national director of homeownership programs and lending for NeighborWorks America. "The homeowners who are being ripped off by these scam artists are facing foreclosure and desperate to listen to anyone who claims to be able to help them. These scam artists use slick sales pitches and advertising to lure in homeowners, guarantee to give them loan modifications, charge for their services in advance and then leave homeowners facing foreclosure and without anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars." 

In October 2009, NeighborWorks America and a host of local, state, and national partners launched the Loan Scam Alert campaign to raise awareness of loan modification scams, inform consumers about the signs of a loan modification scam, and encourage consumers to report scams occurring in their communities. 

"The more we continue to raise awareness of loan modification scams through public education campaigns like the Loan Scam Alert campaign and encourage homeowners who have been scammed to report being scammed, the more we can help Operation Stolen Dreams track down these criminals and prosecute them," said Rodriguez.

**For more information about the Loan Scam Alert campaign or to report being scammed, visit www.loanscamalert.org.**

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