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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Washington Consumer Protection – Free Resources to Help You Avoid Fraud

It’s National Consumer Protection Week. Each day this week I will be featuring one of the many ways the Washington Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) helps protect you and your money.

Today, I feature a few of the many free resources DFI offers Washington residents to educate them about fraud and smart money management.

Please note: Hard copy publications can only be shipped to addresses within Washington state.


Deposit Insurance


  • Guide to Home Loans
    DFI's Guide to Home Loans walks you through and explains the home buying process. It explains the forms you will encounter and questions to ask before buying.
  • Foreclosure Information
    There are a number of foreclosure rescue scams out there. Protect yourself by learning what to do if you are having trouble making your monthly mortgage payment and where to turn for help in Washington state. 
  • Be Cautious When Using Loan Modification Services
    DFI advises homeowners who are delinquent on their mortgage to be cautious about using the services of someone offering to help them work with their lender to modify the terms of their home loan. 
  • Guide to Title and Insurance and Escrow Services (PDF)
    A consumer’s guide to title insurance and escrow services.

Money Management

Payday Loans