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This week is NeighborWorks week, and we are teaming up with our friends at NeighborWorks to share their Stop the Home Scams campaign. Home scams have always been a threat to our community, but they are becoming more and more prevalent because of the pandemic.

Being able to spot a scam is so important, but it can be hard to do. Luckily, Stop the Home Scams has provided 10 tips to spot and avoid home scams. Please take a look below and learn how to spot a home scam and share with your family and friends.

To learn more about how to stop a home scam, please visit stophomescams.org. To report a scam, please visit reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/.

 

View the PDF here: NeighborWorks_10tips

 

Ten tips to spot a home scam: 

  1. Avoid promises of success or anyone who guarantees to assist with payment or prevent foreclosure or eviction.
  2. Avoid companies that tell you to stop paying your rent or mortgage.
  3. Reach out to your landlord or mortgage company when you are struggling with your monthly payments, to ask any questions or share concerns about your home.
  4. Do not pay any money to anyone who is not your mortgage company or landlord.
  5. Do not pay up front for a service that hasn’t been completed.
  6. Never give out financial, identifiable, or personal information without verifying the identity and credentials of who you are speaking with.
  7. Never sign any documents without having them reviewed by a lawyer or legal expert.
  8. Learn about the real options available to you as a homeowner or renter by speaking with a Housing Advisor at a HUD-approved counseling agency. You can call CHN’s Housing Advisors at (216) 672-3553.
  9. Report suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities, such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  10. Find more resources to protect yourself from scams by visiting: www.StopHomeScams.org.