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OCP advises about mortgage rescue scam

Hundreds of distressed homeowners facing foreclosure in Hawaii were likely misled by a loan modification program operated by the Homeowner Legal Assistance Association (HLAA), a Florida corporation, for approximately 17 months in 2009 and 2010, according to an investigation conducted by the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ (DCCA) Office of Consumer Protection (OCP).

Police warn about cybercrime; Hilo burglaries rise

They operate out of foreign countries and often from the mainland, gleaning personal information and using it to file people’s taxes for them. Most of us would be glad for a helping hand around tax time, but not when the preparer diverts the return to a different address and cashes in.