Mortgage lawsuit scam warning

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PHOENIX - 3 On Your Side's Gary Harper has a warning about a new way struggling homeowners are being targeted by scammers.

Foreclosure rescue companies may promise to refund your fee if you are not eligible to join the litigation. 

However, the office’s experience with guaranteed refunds indicates that they are very difficult to obtain, or the company may disappear before the refund is paid.

If you are facing foreclosure, refuse to pay up-front fees and instead contact the Arizona Foreclosure Prevention Helpline at (877) 448-1211 for free assistance provided by HUD-approved housing counseling agencies.  

If you feel you’ve been a victim of a class joinder scam or any other type of consumer fraud, please contact the Arizona Attorney General’s Office Consumer Information & Complaints Unit at (602) 542-5763  or (520) 628-6504 or (800) 352-8431.

You can also file a consumer complaint online athttp://www.azag.gov/consumer/complaintform.html.