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Avoiding Mortgage Fraud in Australia: Toolkit for Mortgage Professionals
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Avoiding Mortgage Fraud in Australia: Toolkit for Mortgage Professionals

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Published June 2015 (LexisNexis)
ISBN: 9780409338867. Soft Cover.

Bransgrove, M

Avoiding Mortgage Fraud in Australia: Toolkit for Mortgage Professionalsprovides a comprehensive overview of the tactics and strategies used by fraudsters and the practical steps that need to be taken by mortgage professionals to avert fraud.


Written for mortgage underwriters, mortgage managers, mortgage aggregators, mortgage brokers, lenders mortgage insurers, title insurers, lenders’ and borrowers’ solicitors and valuers, it covers the essential elements in the detection of mortgage fraud in Australia.


Mortgage fraud is on the rise as a result of the demystification of the mortgage lending process together with the digital dispersal of this information. At the same time, the means to commit fraud has become ever more widespread. In the last 10 years electronic bank statements, spreadsheets, graphics programs, high-resolution colour scanners and printers, disposable mobile phones, websites and social networking, have each enhanced the ability of fraudsters to steal or create identities, accurately falsify documents, and even fabricate fictitious people. In addition to the rise of fraud, the last 10 years have also seen a decline of the protection rendered to lenders by the Torrens system.


Avoiding Mortgage Fraud in Australia: Toolkit for Mortgage Professionals looks at tactics such as using false websites, false people, false employers, false companies and false certificates of title, and the due diligence required to expose these falsities. Various fraudster strategies including Imposter Fraud, Settlement Fraud and Valuation fraud are then methodically examined. The book describes multiple frauds with references to reported decisions, newspaper articles and ASIC press releases. In addition, case studies are used throughout to highlight the fraud in action.


This book is indispensable for those working in the mortgage field.



     •     Written in plain English
     •     Ready reference and practical guide to avoiding mortgage fraud in Australia
     •     Comprehensive overview of the tactics and strategies used by fraudsters


Matthew Bransgrove is senior partner of Bransgroves Lawyers, a firm which specialises in serving the mortgage industry. He has practised exclusively in the field of mortgage and funding law since 1998.


Part 1 - Tactics

     Chapter 1       False Websites
     Chapter 2       False Emails
     Chapter 3       False Social Media
     Chapter 4       False Telephone Numbers
     Chapter 5        False Documents
     Chapter 6       False Certificates of Title
     Chapter 7       False Bank Cheques
     Chapter 8       False Identities
     Chapter 9       False Professionals
     Chapter 10     False People (Patsies)
     Chapter 11     False Witnesses 
     Chapter 12     False Companies
     Chapter 13     False Employers
     Chapter 14     False Applications
     Chapter 15     False Bank Statements
     Chapter 16     False Trading Records
     Chapter 17     False Tenants, Rent Roles and False Occupancy
     Chapter 18     False Pre-Sales
     Chapter 19     False Contracts
     Chapter 20     False Comparables
     Chapter 21     False Reputations
     Chapter 22     False Cheque Directions
     Chapter 23     False Savings
     Chapter 24     False Contributions
     Chapter 25     False Urgency
     Chapter 26     False Title Particulars


Part 2 - Strategy

     Chapter 27     Imposter Fraud
     Chapter 28     Corporate Hijack Fraud
     Chapter 29     Over Borrowing Fraud 
     Chapter 30     Settlement Fraud
     Chapter 31     Company Title Fraud
     Chapter 32     Unjustness Fraud
     Chapter 33     Serviceability Fraud
     Chapter 34     Exit Strategy Fraud
     Chapter 35     Valuation Fraud
     Chapter 36     Smoke and Mirrors Fraud
     Chapter 37     Developer Extrication Fraud

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