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By Michelle Davies
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller stopped by the clerks' office at the Allen County Courthouse today to file a lawsuit against out-of-state foreclosure consultants accused of ripping off northeast Indiana residents.

Zoeller takes tough stance against foreclosure scam artists

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is taking a tough stance against scam artists who prey on people who fall behind on their mortgage payments and may face foreclosure.

Zoeller stopped by the clerks' offices in Allen, Whitley and Adams counties today to file three lawsuits against out-of-state foreclosure consultants accused of ripping off northeast Indiana residents.

Foreclosure consultants often promise to help homeowners lower mortgage payments or to help stop foreclosure by negotiating with lenders. The unscrupulous companies usually demand up front payments and are not bonded to practice in Indiana, Zoeller said.

In Indiana, there are a number of free services for those who have fallen behind on their home loan payments and are worried about foreclosure, including the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network at 1-877-GET-HOPE.

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