Knowing your rights under the CARES Act and guidance from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development also can help you avoid mortgage relief scams. If you experience financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have a right to temporarily pause or reduce your monthly mortgage payments through a forbearance. Servicers also may not be allowed to foreclose on your home. For more information on COVID housing protections and important deadlines, visit consumerfinance.gov/housing.
Knowing your rights under the CARES Act and guidance from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development can help you avoid mortgage relief scams. If you experience financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have a right to temporarily pause or reduce your monthly mortgage payments through a forbearance. Servicers also may not be allowed to foreclose on your home. via @Consumer Financial Protection Bureau consumerfinance.gov/housing.
If you are behind on your mortgage due to the COVID-19 pandemic, beware of mortgage relief scams. There are free relief options that can pause or reduce your monthly mortgage payments and stop a foreclosure. If anyone tries to charge you in advance for help or guarantees that they can stop your foreclosure, they’re not legitimate. via @Consumer Financial Protection Bureau consumerfinance.gov/housing.
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It is not enough that COVID has forced us to cut ourselves off from our family and friends (at least those who really care about their family and friends), but now con-artists have decided to scam homeowners who are having problems paying for their home during COVID. It is a fact that bad events bring out bad actors. After a tornado or other disaster thieves hit the streets ready to take naive homeowner’s insurance proceeds that are supposed to be used for repairing the house. Or some creep offers a miraculous cure for a deadly disease such as COVID or cancer (such as drinking bleach or some other crack-pot idea). All you have to do is give them your life savings.
Be very cautious when relying on advice from someone who stands to make money from your ignorance. Research, research and then research some more in order to find the truth. NEVER assume the best answer is on the Internet. Instead, talking with a professional who is experienced in the relevant area is your best option. The last step is to trust yourself – if it sounds to good to be true – then it is.
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