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New Florida Foreclosure Rescue Scam Law takes effect Oct. 1

by Mike on October 1, 2008

If you want stricter laws protecting homewoners from predators looking to scam foreclosure victims, then Florida has some good news for you.

The state has enacted a new law, effective on October 1, 2008, aimed at equity-skimming and advance-fee fraud schemes designed to steal from Florida homeowners what little money or equity they may have left.

The law doesn’t apply to everyone – lawyers, for example, are already regulated by the Florida Bar and are exempt from the new law – but anyone who’s not exempt and offers services to foreclosure homeowners has to comply with strict new requirements, including written disclosure requirements, a cooling-off period, and a prohibition from taking fees before all services are complete. The law also makes it easier for homeowners to cancel any transaction where a foreclosure “consultant” tricks the homeowner into singing over a deed to their home.

Perhaps most important, for homeowners who have fallen victim to foreclosure predators, anyone who violates the new law may have to pay penalties of up to $15,000. Anyone who thinks they’ve been a victim of foreclosure rescue scams after October 1 should contact a lawyer to find out if they have any claims against a scammer.

Want to know more? Contact us at Ricardo & Wasylik, PL.

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