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Countrywide Mortgage / Abusive business practices

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My brother attempted to refi an existing ARM as a Fixed Rate mortgage through Countrywide. He was told that they could only help him if he was behind in his payments, which he had not been. Per their instructions he naively let himself fall behind. He was then asked to submit the necessary documents and was then told that he would be contacted and not to call them. The next thing that he heard after having pestered them for an answer was that his house would be sold out from under him at a Sheriff's sale. He lost the house and was given 6 months to get out or he would be evicted. My brother was too proud or embarrassed to ask for help and he knew absolutely nothing about such matters. He panicked, went into a deep depression and on 12/16/08 he shot himself in the mouth with a shotgun, two days before the eviction hearing. This was a man with no credit card debt or any other problems in his life. I have since heard from several other people who were told the exact same thing from Countrywide. Does anyone here have a similar story? I am considering joining or starting a class action lawsuit. I look forward to your replies. Thanks in advance.


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