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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2011
CONTACT: Bill Grassano
703-905-3770

Third Quarter Reports of Mortgage Fraud Up Slightly
Mortgage Fraud as Percentage of All SARs Remains Steady

VIENNA, Va. – The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today released its third quarter 2010 mortgage fraud report, Mortgage Loan Fraud SAR Filings. The report shows that suspicious activity reports (SARs) characterized by filers as indicating possible mortgage loan fraud (MLF) increased 2 percent to 16,693 in the third quarter of 2010 up from 16,339 MLF SARs in the 2009 third quarter.

The report also shows that the total number of SARs for all categories filed during the quarter increased 2 percent to 175,717, up from 172,125 filed in the 2009 third quarter. In all, 9 percent of all SARs filed in the 2010 third quarter indicated MLF as an activity characterization, the same percentage reported in the third quarter of 2009.

“FinCEN is regularly pulling together, analyzing and releasing valuable data on mortgage fraud that serves as another tool to fight scammers and mortgage fraud,” said FinCEN Director James H. Freis, Jr. “This report contains new information on reported suspicious activities based on location, types of scams, and other trends that can help law enforcement to further investigate mortgage loan fraud.”

Key findings in the report:

Further trend analyses and MLF SAR data can be found on FinCEN’s Mortgage Fraud Web page.

FinCEN also today published its latest SAR Activity Review: By The Numbers, a compilation of numerical data gathered from Suspicious Activity Report forms filed by financial institutions. The report released today covers the first six months of 2010.

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