Tallahassee, Florida -- March 26, 2011 10:32 p.m--
One organization is giving residents a chance to learn how to protect themselves against foreclosure fraud.
The economy is much different today then it was a decade ago.
Janice Simpson, a woman who knows these changes first hand says, things used to be less stressful.
Simpson also says, "Ten years ago there wasn't people worried about foreclosure. There wasn't people worried about losing jobs and people weren't worried about not feeding their families. It was just an easier time for us."
It seems with these tough situations there's a bigger fish to fry, home foreclosure fraud.
Attorney David Chandler Hicks shared some knowledge with folks about this type of fraud.
Hicks says,"The largest law firm in the state that handled residential foreclosures just got shut down for fabricating documents, and for wide spread fraud when they attempted to foreclose on people. There are enough stories to go around."
According to www.neighborhood-community.org, Florida has the fourth highest number of foreclosures in the country.
The Neighborhood Community foundation is here to help.
They offered a free workshop, in Tallahassee, to teach homeowners about new legal strategies and potential solutions for defending foreclosure fraud.
Hicks also has some advice for people struggling with foreclosure.
"Get help, nine out of ten people who are facing foreclosure chose not to contact an attorney. You have valuable legal rights and you can loose them if you don't act quickly."
The Neighborhood Community Foundation information:
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