Mortgage Fraud: Data Confirms Spike in 2006-2007


The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has released an analysis of Mortgage Fraud SAR Filings in Calendar Year 2012. The report was issued on August 20, 2013. This publication updates FinCEN’s prior Mortgage Loan Fraud (MLF) assessments examines Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) filings from January through December 2012 (CY 2012).

The report provides new information on the volume of SAR filings, geographic locations of subjects, and other filing trends in CY 2012. Tables covering non-geographic aspects are compared with filings from corresponding periods in2011. A section provides updated statistics on foreclosure rescue-related SARs during 2012, and filers’ voluntary use of the new FinCEN SAR e-filing report for voluntary mortgage fraud reporting through March 31, 2013.

This article offers an outline of the FinCEN report.


MLF SAR Filings by Year SAR Received, 2001-2012

Mortgage Loan Fraud (MLF) SARs

Time Elapsed from Activity Date to Reporting Date

Number of Mortgage Loan Fraud SAR Filings by Year

with and without the Term “Repurchase” in Narrative

Mortgage Loan Fraud SAR Subjects - Top 20 States and Territories

Foreclosure Rescue Scams

Number of Mortgage Loan Fraud SAR Filings by Year

with Term “Foreclosure Rescue” in Narrative, 2003-2012


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