Mortgage Fraud Task Force takes action to protect homeowners

The Delaware Attorney General’s office announced today that it has formed a
Mortgage Fraud Task Force to help homeowners stay in their homes. In conjunction with the
Delaware State Housing Authority and the Office of the State Bank Commissioner, the Task Force is
dedicated to reducing foreclosure and foreclosure-related fraud statewide by:
• Providing information about mortgages and the foreclosure process
• Directing homeowners to certified housing counselors and agencies that offer free services
• Linking homeowners with state and federal programs that provide mortgage assistance
• Taking aggressive law enforcement action against foreclosure scams
“During this difficult economic time when foreclosures are reaching new records, the Attorney
General’s Mortgage Fraud Task Force, along with its partners, is taking a leading role in directing
homeowners to the services available to help them stay in their homes, stated Timothy Mullaney,
Director of the Attorney General’s Fraud and Consumer Protection Division. “We are also taking new
steps to protect homeowners against foreclosure scams.”
Homeowners who are worried about missing a mortgage payment, are facing foreclosure, or
who suspect a foreclosure scam are encouraged to call the Attorney General’s Mortgage Hotline at
1-800-220-5424. This hotline serves as a central statewide resource for homeowners who seek
information about government programs for homeowners, want to connect with a certified housing
counselor, are looking for upcoming housing workshops, and want to report foreclosure scams.
The Mortgage Fraud Task Force, in conjunction with the Delaware Banking Commissioner’s
Office and the Delaware State Housing Authority, is sponsoring Housing Workshops in locations
statewide on June 26 and 27, 2009. Workshops will take place at the following times and locations:
Date Time Location Address County
Friday, June 26 3 – 7 pm
St. John’s United
Methodist Church
300 N. Pine St.
Saturday, June 27 8 am – 12 noon
Modern Maturity
1121 Forrest Ave.
Saturday, June 27 1 – 5 pm
New Castle County
Government Center,
Gilliam Building
77 Read’s Way
New Castle
New Castle
During each Workshop, State employees, counselors from HUD-approved housing agencies,
and mortgage servicers will be available to meet with individuals to provide information on the
Delaware Mortgage Assistance Program (DEMAP), mortgage modification, foreclosure, and
foreclosure rescue scams.
The Attorney General’s Office also announced that it has launched a new mortgage foreclosure
website for consumers at The site
features a broad range of information about government programs, counseling services, fraudprevention
tips, and other resources for Delaware homeowners.
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