|Tips to avoid being scammed||(En Español)|
If you are at risk of or in foreclosure, you should be on the lookout for foreclosure scams. Here are some of the red flags to watch for if someone:
Where to report fraud or file a complaint
File a complaint with the California Attorney General's Office.
File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
If your complaint is against a real estate broker, visit the Department of Real Estate website. http://www.dre.ca.gov/cons_complaint.html
If your complaint is against an attorney, visit the State Bar of California website. http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/LawyerRegulation.aspx
You may also wish to consider filing a Small Claims Court action. These are informal courts where disputes are resolved quickly and inexpensively by a judge. You can recover up to $10,000 in Small Claims Court. You represent yourself and can request a judgment for monetary damages. Visit the California Courts Self-Help Center http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/smallclaims/ for further information.