Looming foreclosure can be one of the scariest times for any family down on its luck. So, it stands to reason that crooks would design scams to target that vulnerability and try to squeeze whatever money these people who can’t pay their bills can scrape up.
Reverse mortgage ads often portray contented silver-haired couples enjoying the comfort of home, confident that their decision to tap home equity will bring lifelong financial security.
Dennis Lee, 26, is a model first-time homebuyer. Recently married, he and his wife, Dana, have financially secure jobs as a youth minister and accountant, respectively. They have good credit scores, and have been studying property price graphs and charts in their local San Francisco Bay Area for months.