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Thousands of Illinoisans are at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure because of the mortgage industry crisis. To make matters works, con artists are victimizing many of these homeowners by claiming to offer mortgage rescue services and counseling services in exchange for hefty upfront fees. In a recent visit to SIUC hosted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan talked with Jak Tichenor about what her office is doing to warn homeowners about mortgage rescue scams. Madigan also discusses a ground-breaking settlement her office won with the nation's largest mortgage lender that is helping many Illinois residents stay in their homes. For information about how to avoid foreclosure, call the Illinois Attorney General's Homeowners Referral Helpline at 1-866-544-7151.