Recent turmoil in the U.S. housing market has created numerous opportunities for fraudsters. According to recent testimony from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, mortgage fraud has increased more than 60% in the past year with the losses from most cases totaling more than $1 million dollars. Because of this drastic increase, anti-fraud experts are needed to fight against the global mortgage fraud crisis.
This ACFE online self-study course presents a brief history of the mortgage industry and then examines the mortgage fraud process step-by-step, identifying areas vulnerable to fraud. It also includes a detailed look at the most common and pervasive fraud schemes affecting the mortgage industry today.
You Will Learn How To:
Review the history of the mortgage industry
Describe legislation and regulation of the mortgage industry
Recognize the perpetrators of mortgage fraud
Identify mortgage fraud schemes including property flipping, identity theft, deceptive short sales and more
Assess current trends in mortgage fraud
Field of study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications
Last updated: April 2012
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Please note: To be eligible for CPE credit, you must complete the final exam within one year of purchase date. You may only claim CPE credit for a course once.
Table of Contents:
Lesson 1: A Short History Lesson
Lesson 2: Loan Market Offerings
Lesson 3: The Evolution of Mortgage Lenders and Brokers
Lesson 4: Legislation and Regulation in the Mortgage Industry
Lesson 5: Factors Affecting Mortgage Fraud
Lesson 6: The Mortgage Fraud Problem Today
Lesson 7: The Perpetrators of Mortgage Fraud
Lesson 8: The Property Seller
Lesson 9: The Real Estate Listing Agent
Lesson 10: The Borrower
Lesson 11: The Real Estate Buyer's Agent
Lesson 12: The Lender
Lesson 13: The Loan Officer
Lesson 14: The Loan Processor
Lesson 15: The Underwriter
Lesson 16: The Appraiser
Lesson 17: The Title Insurer and Escrow Agent
Lesson 18: The Notary Public
Lesson 19: Secondary Market Investors
Lesson 20: Mortgage Servicing Companies
Lesson 21: Loan Resolution
Lesson 22: Mortgage Fraud Schemes
Lesson 23: Current Trends in Mortgage Fraud
Lesson 24: Property Flipping
Lesson 25: Builder-Perpetrated Schemes
Lesson 26: Foreclosure Rescue Scams
Lesson 27: Deceptive Short Sales
Lesson 28: Chunking and Shotgunning
Lesson 29: Identity Theft Schemes
Lesson 30: Churning (Loan Flipping)
Lesson 31: Common Misrepresentations in Mortgage Fraud Schemes
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