WASHINGTON — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is teaming up with the Treasury Department and the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program to combat mortgage modification scams.

The agencies announced the creation of a joint task force Thursday to investigate and shut down scams targeted specifically at homeowners seeking relief under the Home Affordable Modification Program, or Hamp. The task force also issued a consumer fraud alert Thursday, which will be distributed directly to homeowners eligible for Hamp, with tips for avoiding scams.

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