Since 2006, to preemptively fight foreclosure fraud for the benefit of the most vulnerable, the Office of the District Attorney initiated an innovative program which sends a letter to any homeowner of Contra Costa County who has received a "Notice of Default" (the first notice to homeowner(s) that they may lose their residence to foreclosure.) This bilingual letter informs homeowners that they need to be wary of foreclosure scams and they should promptly contact free HUD certified counselors for financial advice. The letter also refers individuals to the local Bar Association if they seek civil recourse against the lender. And, if one is a victim of a crime, the resident is advised to contact the Office of the District Attorney. To date, the District Attorney's Office has mailed out over 73,600 letters to homeowners of Contra Costa County.