Received a piece of mail that looked real (it looked very similar to a notification I got from my actual bank) until I realized there was no mention of an actual company on the piece of paper. It was referencing my lender and also had my name, address and a loan amount very close to my actual loan amount but not exactly. It had an 800 number and a time limit of December 16, 2011. I called the number and spoke to an Andy Evans, he took my information and sounded pretty convincing. He even put me on hold (I assume he was pretending to be) while consulting with the underwriting department. It all sounded legit until he asked me for $2500 up front fee for a "loan modification". He said he contacted my lender but when I questioned him for more info about who he spoke to from my lender and more information about what exactly happens during the modification and extra fees he became evasive and had a lot of fluff answers for me like how the government programs are funding it all. [continued below]....
..... He tried to press me into making a decision within the next few hours and I assume to send me half of the fee. I got really suspicious and looked up the website he gave me to assuredhomefinancial.com but when I went to check it out everything about it screamed scam. I looked up the ip address and found out it had only been created in Aug 2011. He told me the company was based in california but there was no information about an address on the website itself. When I looked up the web owner it showed up as owned by a John Ehlinger with an email address of firstname.lastname@example.org and mailing address as PO Box 691 Manchester MO,63011. None of the details he gave me about the company matched the ipwhois info and I knew right there it was a scam. I reported the website to the FTC and I wanted to put up this info here on this website as well to warn potential victims away.
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