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The foundation, part of the HOPE NOW Alliance formed months ago, said the actual number is 888-995-HOPE.
In a press release, the group offers these recommendations:
Avoid any websites, phone numbers, or companies and individuals requesting up-front payment of fees or claiming to be affiliated with the 888-995-HOPE™ or the Homeownership Preservation Foundation. Services provided by the Homeowner’s HOPE™ Hotline and our affiliates are absolutely free to consumers and accessible only by calling 888-995-HOPE.
Never grant access to bank accounts, provide Social Security numbers, write a check, wire money, or otherwise pay for counseling sessions.
Never turn over the deed to a home to people claiming to be “counselors” or sign legal agreements that you do not understand.
Never pay money to a third party promising to bring a mortgage current or begin a repayment program. Such payments should only be made directly to a mortgage servicer.