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Helping Hands for Mortgage Trouble

In a story about morgtgage scams, "Early Show" consumer correspondent Susan Koeppen spoke of several reliable roads to help for homeowners having trouble paying their mortgages:

Talk to a HUD-Certified Counseling Agency - For Free

If you're having trouble paying your mortgage or you've already gotten a delinquency notice, free help is a phone call away. Call 1-888-995-HOPE for free, personalized advice from housing counseling agencies certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This national hotline - open 24/7 - is operated by the Homeownership Preservation Foundation, a nonprofit member of the HOPE NOW Alliance of mortgage industry members and HUD-certified counseling agencies. For free guidance online, visit For free information on the president's plan to help homeowners, visit

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