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Victims of foreclosure may be eligible for settlement payment

 


The Consumer Protection Unit of the Alaska Attorney General’s Office is reporting that claim forms went out this week to approximately 2,600 Alaskans who lost their homes to foreclosure between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2011, and who may be eligible for payment under the national mortgage foreclosure settlement. 

This settlement, which took effect last April, involved the nation’s five largest mortgage service organizations; Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo.

As part of the settlement, two million borrowers nationwide whose loans were serviced by the banks, and who lost their home to foreclosure during the qualifying time period, are eligible for cash payments from a fund of $1.5 billion. 

The exact payment will depend upon the total number of borrowers who submit claims. The payment is intended as partial compensation for mortgage organizations’ illegal conduct. By participating, borrowers do not give up any legal rights and can still pursue other legal remedies, such as filing a lawsuit or joining a class action.  

The Consumer Protection Unit warns homeowners to be aware of settlement-related scams. Borrowers do not need to pay anyone to file a claim or seek other settlement-related assistance. 

For more information about eligibility and filing a claim, borrowers should contact the settlement administrator at administrator@nationalmortgagesettlement.com, or go to http://www.NationalMortgageSettlement.com

Interested parties can call toll-free 1-866-430-8358. The line is staffed Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m ., Central Standard Time.

Borrowers who believe they qualify for a payment, but did not receive a notice because they have moved, should contact the settlement administrator directly to provide their contact information.

 

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