Reporting Suspected Real Estate and Mortgage Fraud
There are many different local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and government agencies involved in fighting real estate and mortgage fraud. The more information we can give them about suspected instances of fraud, the better they can protect us.
If you or someone you know thinks that individuals involved in real estate fraud have scammed them, or if you are involved in a real estate-related transaction that just doesn't feel right, we urge you to contact the proper authorities. Depending on where you live, you may need to contact your local FBI office, your state's Attorney General's office, or the local police.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)The FBI encourages everyone to report any suspected violations of U.S. federal law, including activities that you suspect to involve Real Estate and Mortgage Fraud. The FBI's Field Offices are located in major cities throughout the United States and in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In addition, resident agencies are maintained in smaller cities and towns across the country.
- Click here for a detailed list of all of the FBI's Field Offices.
- Click here for a link to the FBI's Tips and Public Leads submission form.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)The FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection accepts complaints about particular companies or organizations, including those you suspect of engaging in Real Estate and Mortgage Fraud. Click here to submit a complaint.
Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA)
The MBA provides an exhaustive state-by-state list of FBI field office, HUD field offices, Attorney Generals' offices, and Real Estate boards that want to hear from you anytime you suspect Real Estate and/or Mortgage Fraud has occurred. Click here for a detailed list of offices broken out by state.
If you're sure who to contact about your concern, you can always go to the U.S. Department of Justice:
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001 USA