“We’ve Sort of Shifted our Focus,” NOT

Posted October 14th, 2007 by Joe Kaiser

And if I do, will you now add this family to the list of people I've cheated?

Dear Rob,

I met with a fellow last week who’s a foreclosure rescue scam victim and is just days away from being evicted from his family’s home.

Of course, I told him to call your office immediately and see what you could do to help, letting him know this sort of thing is now a top priority within your firm.

He called, and someone from Consumer Protection listened to his story and then politely told him, “I’m sorry, but we can’t help you.”


lip service

We can’t help you?

Good grief.

The office of the Attorney General of the State of Washington can’t help a family on the brink of losing their home to a scamster?

Rob, he’s a real, honest-to-goodness foreclosure rescue scam victim about to lose everything. Both he and his wife are disabled, as is a third member of their family.

They have no money, nowhere to go, were likely cheated out of their $150k equity, are about to be tossed out onto the street, and you can’t help them?

Whatever happened to . . .


We’ve sort of shifted our focus to foreclosure rescue fraud, because that’s where con artists can make a living.— AAG David Huey
He’s Got Your Back
The News Tribune.com

He’s got your back?

He ain’t got Randy’s back, that’s for sure.

Do the Hustle

I’ve sent him over to Melissa Hueslman in hopes she’ll be able to throw a monkey wrench into the eviction and keep them in their home for at least a little while longer or until things can get sorted out.

And if she can’t?

It won’t be pretty.

Time to get busy?

But then I had a crazy thought . . . do you think maybe it’s time the Real Estate Equalizer saves another homeowner in trouble?

You know, keeps them in their home when all hope is lost and when no one else, including the Office of the Washington State Attorney General, is willing to step forward to save the day?

Got a Problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer.— Robert McCall, The Equalizer (1985-1989)

Maybe I should help?

And if I do, will you now add this family to the list of people I’ve cheated?

Or maybe try to convince them they’ve been had once I do?

Whatever I can do, I will

I don’t know enough at the moment to guarantee I can help, but if anyone can, it’s me. You know, that “I am the Tiger Woods of foreclosure rescue” thing, and all?

In any case, whether I’m able to help or not, one thing is for certain: your office has failed him.

He can really use a hand and the best your office can do is tell him to go find an attorney?

And he should pay for this attorney with what?

I told him to give me a call if Melissa can’t help and I’ll do whatever I can to save his home.

And if I’m successful, it will be another foreclosure rescue for the books, done in spite of the Office of the Washington State Attorney General.

An actual complaint

So, yet again it becomes obvious that what’s going on here has nothing to do with consumer protection.

Because if it was, here is someone who should be helped. He’s called, he’s complained about the way he’s been scammed, and all your office did was tell him was to go away.

He’s a real victim, losing his real home to a real scam artist, and you’re not interested in helping?

Yet in my case, where no one was scammed, where no one complained, where no one lost his or her home, you’ve spent three years and hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer funds to come after me?

What gives, Rob?

Disgorge This!

Could it have something to do with, I don’t know, the millions in overages you mistakenly believed we’d pocketed and your office’s “disgorgement of profits” agenda?


Or the fact your office is now entitled to keep unclaimed consumer restitution funds instead of turning them over to the state?

Here’s what I think . . .

Some little investor scamming a family here and there just isn’t a big enough payday to interest your office.

He’s not worth your time and trouble.

Nor, apparently, is helping Randy, the fellow who called and asked you to give his family a hand to prevent them from being cheated out of their home and tossed onto the street.

“I’m sorry, but we can’t help you?”

Good grief, Rob.

In the arena,

Joe Kaiser

2 Responses to: ““We’ve Sort of Shifted our Focus,” NOT”

  1. Davido responds:
    Posted: October 16th, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Joe, this post was well done. The links are well chosen and helpful too. It occurs to me that all parties here were well served by advising the victim in foreclosure to contact the State Attorney General’s office and private practice foreclosure rescue Attorney Melissa Huelsman, as well. I hope that Ms. Huelsman, will not convince the victim to avoid you. However, I suspect that after talking with the legal professionals, the victim will truly come to appreciate all the more, any resolutions he can get from you.

  2. Mark A responds:
    Posted: October 19th, 2007 at 8:33 am


    I know you have a strategy in this dog fight. That’s all well and good and at the same times this particular case needs to be taken to the local media.

    I’m not saying you should be the one, I’m saying Randy should be guided to the right media contacts to tell them his story. The question is, will any local news editor have the stones to ridicule the AG’s office?



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