Homeowners & Mortgage Fraud
Resource Information Contact List

The Broward Sheriff's Office recognizes the tough economic times citizens of Broward County are facing and has undertaken steps to protect citizens from predatory lending and mortgage fraud practices in the area of homeownership. On September 27, 2007, BSO's Sheriff joined the U.S. Attorney's Office and several state and federal law enforcement agencies in the formation of the Federal-State Mortgage Fraud Initiative to investigate and federally prosecute mortgage fraud offenders, from straw purchasers, to mortgage brokers, to complicit bank employees, title agents, and attorneys.

Below is contact information for various local, state and federal agencies available to assist homeowners and renters in need. Homeowners, BSO urges you to reach out for assistance if you are in the midst of a financial crisis and are faced with the possibility of losing your home. Renters prior to signing a lease, check with the Broward County Records Division to see if the property you are seeking to rent is in foreclosure. The Broward County Records Division can be reached at (954) 831-4000 or by visiting the office at 111 S. Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301.

This list is NOT intended to be a comprehensive list of every program available to provide assistance to Florida but merely a guide to resources available to assist you. The Broward Sheriff's Office makes no guarantees that these agencies will be able to assist you.

Where can I go for assistance?

Broward County

  • Broward County Consumer Affairs
    First Call for Help Program
    Phone: (954) 537-0211
  • Broward County Bar Association
    Attorney Referral Service
    Phone: (954) 764-8040

Miami-Dade County

  • Miami-Dade Police Department
    Economic Crimes Division
    Phone: (305) 994-1000

Palm Beach County

  • Palm Beach State Attorney's Office
    Economic Crimes Division
    Phone: (561) 355-7244
  • City of West Palm Beach
    Foreclosure Assistance Center
    464 Fern Street
    West Palm Beach, FL
    Phone: (561) 822-1575

State of Florida

  • Florida Attorney General

    • Consumer Hotline
      For foreclosure prevention fraud
      Phone: (866) 966-7226
    • Economic Crimes Division
      Fraud Hotline: (866) 966-7226
      Website: myfloridalegal.com
    • Ft. Lauderdale Office
      110 SE 6th Street, 9th Floor
      Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
      Phone: (954) 712-4600
    • Palm Beach Office
      1515 N. Flagler Drive, Suite 900
      West Palm Beach, Fl 33401
      Phone: (561) 837-5000
  • State of Florida Office of Financial Regulation

    • Consumer Hotline
      For mortgage fraud issues
      Phone: (800) 848-3792
    • Division of Banking & Finance
      For Complaints against a mortgage broker or mortgage lender
      Attn: Banking & Finance Complaint Section
      200 E. Gaines Street
      Tallahassee, FL 32399
      Phone: (850) 410-9805
      Fax: (850) 413-1551
      Website: www.dbf.state.fl.us/licensing
    • Fort Lauderdale Office
      1400 West Commercial Blvd., Suite 135
      Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
      Phone: (954) 598-5508
      Toll-free (from Florida only): (800) 298-0485
      Fax: (954) 598-7138
    • Miami Office
      401 Northwest 2nd Avenue, Suite N-708
      Miami, FL 33128
      Phone: (305) 536-0308
      Fax: (305) 810-1100
    • West Palm Beach Office
      3111 South Dixie Highway, Suite 302
      West Palm Beach, FL 33405
      Phone: (561) 837-5203
      Toll-free (from Florida only): (800) 837-7946
      Fax: (561) 837-5030

Federal Agencies

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    If you suspect a buyer is engaged in mortgage fraud, report the offense to the following local office:
    North Miami Beach Office
    16320 Northwest Second Avenue
    North Miami Beach, FL 33169-6508
    Phone: (305) 944-9101
    Website: miami.fbi.gov
  • U.S. Attorney's Office – Southern District of Florida

    • Miami Office
      99 N.E. 4th Street
      Miami, FL 33132
      Phone: (305) 961-9001
      Fax: (305) 530-7679
    • Ft. Lauderdale Office
      500 E. Broward Blvd.
      Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33394
      Phone: (954) 356-7255
      Fax: (954) 356-7336
    • West Palm Beach Office
      500 S. Australian Ave. Ste. 400
      W. Palm Beach, FL 33401
      Phone: (561) 820-8711
      Fax: (561) 820-8777
  • U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
    Complaints sent here must relate to HUD funded programs and issues dealing with FHA insured financing.
    451 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC 20410
    Toll-free (800) 347-3735
    Fax: (202) 708-4829
    Email: hotline@hudoig.gov
    Website: hud.gov

Additional Resources

  • Florida Bar-Florida Attorneys Saving Homes Program
    Phone: (866) 806-2187
    Hours: Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Callers who fear that they soon won't be able to make their mortgage payments or who have already missed payments but are NOT yet in foreclosure are urged to call. Hot line callers will answer a few initial questions to ensure accurate placement with pro bono attorneys, who will then negotiate with lenders on behalf of homeowners.

    Note: If you have been served with a foreclosure Summons and Complaint by a sheriff's deputy or process server that you contact your local legal aid office immediately. You can find statewide listing of legal aid agencies at www.floridalawhelp.org. Click on the "find local assistance" button at the top of the page.

  • Homeownership Preservation Foundation
    Phone: (888) 995-HOPE
    Hours: Available 24 / 7

    Provides free foreclosure prevention counseling by expert counselors at HUD-approved agencies.

  • Mortgage Bankers Association Hotline
    Phone: (800) 348-3931
    HOPE NOW Program: (888) 995-4673
    Website: hopenow.com

    An alliance between counselors, servicers, investors, and other mortgage market participants. This alliance will maximize outreach efforts to homeowners in distress to help them stay in their homes and will create a unified, coordinated plan to reach and help as many homeowners as possible.

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