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A bank foreclosure sale sign is posted in front of townhomes on August 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
The foreclosure crisis still affects thousands of Southern California families. Federal officials have issued new warnings for homeowners to beware of loan modification scammers.
Ray Brewer is in the Department of Housing and Urban Development's L.A. office "Scammers continue to change in the way that they are scamming home buyers and consumers. So, it's important to keep the message out in the public realm."
Brewer says scammers are reinventing themselves. "They are reinventing and morphing as we move forward. We have recognized, I'll give you an example of what I mean, a scammer may pose as part of a class-action suit, while the suit may not have even been filed to date, ut there is a fee to become apart of this class-action suit against a large lender, is a good example. In the previous rollout that kind of a scam we hadn't necessarily seen."