FTC Sends Refunds to Consumers Harmed by Foreclosure Relief Scheme


WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 5, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — The Federal Trade Commission mailed 341 refund checks to Spanish-speaking consumers who lost money to scammers who promised to stop foreclosure or obtain mortgage loan modifications.  Under a summary judgment order, the Dinamica Financiera defendants were banned from selling mortgage loan modification or foreclosure relief services.

More than $107,000 is being returned to consumers.  The amount each consumer will receive will vary; the check represents 12 percent of each consumer’s estimated loss.  Those who receive the checks from the FTC’s refund administrator should cash them within 60 days of the mailing date.  The FTC never requires consumers to pay money or provide information before refund checks can be cashed.  Those with questions should call the refund administrator, Gilardi & Co., LLC, at 1-877-281-5622, or visit www.FTC.gov/refunds for more general information.

The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC’s website provides free information on a variety of consumer topics.  Like the FTC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.

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