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3 Types of Mortgage Fraud

Posted on February 26, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Once the nationwide shock over the collapse of the real estate and mortgage markets subsided, federal and state officials began to see an increase in complaints of mortgage fraud. The Federal Bureau of Investigation noted that those involved in the planning and execution of mortgage fraud schemes included: Mortgage brokers and mortgage lenders Real estate appraisers Mortgage underwriters Real estate brokers and sales agents Real estate developers and builders Prosecutors and...

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Phishing: Jail is Just a Click Away

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Mintzer Law

The popularity of conducting consumer and other financial transactions through the Internet has led to an increase in Internet fraud. Texas has one of the strictest Internet fraud laws in the country to target phishing and other criminal activities that attempt to gain access to an individual’s confidential personal information to use in committing other crimes. Using the Internet for Phishing Phishing employs the use of emails...

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Pyramid Schemes: Don’t Get Caught or Else…

Posted on February 21, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Running a pyramid scheme in Texas is illegal and could mean doing time in a state jail and paying substantial fines. There are legitimate business ventures that have many of the same characteristics as a pyramid scheme, so you could find yourself wrongly accused of committing a crime and require the assistance of an attorney to defend you. What is a Pyramid Scheme? In its simplest form,...

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3 Types of Debts That Can Be Garnished in Texas

Posted on February 19, 2014 by Mintzer Law

Financial setbacks happen to people all too frequently. The loss of a job can cause you to fall behind on paying your debts. Even when you return to work, catching up on what you owe can be difficult and might result in creditors using the courts or collection agencies in an effort to collect what is owed. One collection method used by creditors is the...

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