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North Carolina officials have shut down a company they claimed was preying on homeowners who were behind on their mortgage payments, sending them direct mail offers of help. "We can help you ... we are the foreclosure consultants that really care!" the company promised, according to Attorney General Roy Cooper. Instead, Cooper said, Mortgage Assistance of the Carolinas Inc. collected an upfront fee -- typically one month's mortgage payment -- "and then left them in the lurch." Cooper has filed suit against Mortgage Assistance and its predecessor, Carolina Mortgage Relief Inc., and owner Alan Steve Seabolt of Charlotte. The complaint alleges both companies broke state laws against unfair business practices and debt adjusting. A Wake County Superior Court judge Wednesday ordered the compan...