Friday, August 5, 2011

The All-Scam Edition: Foreclosures and Missing Money

Today's entry features a story on finding missing money scams, as reported by the Toledo Blade.  According to an official at the Ohio Department of Commerce:

"He says the emails claim to come from the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, which includes his department's Division of Unclaimed Funds. But Goodman says Ohioans with money they've lost track of would never be asked to pay a fee or provide bank account information, as scam victims may be instructed."

Well.  When I was young, hustlers were enterprising enough to actually charge you for finding your money, not lie entirely.  But where ever you live, or whichever state (or federal agency) owes you money, you need never pay a dime.  Here's a rundown of all the entirely free places you can go to find missing money owed you.

Also, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is having a program on avoiding foreclosure scams on September 13th from 6:15 till 8:15 in the evening at Main Library, 325 N. Michigan.  No registration, just check out how to avoid being ripped off while trying to save your home.

Finally, look out for this rip-off.  It's something terribly new, and even my housing contacts don't know what to make of it.  But apparently in the state of Nevada, ground zero in the foreclosure crisis, something called a forensic mortgage audit is marketed to people in danger of foreclosure.   It's supposed to protect your property, but may only empty your pocket.  Proceed with caution, and contact a HUD-approved housing counselor if you are in foreclosure danger. 

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